The nitty gritty: 4 miles roundtrip, 1160 ft in elevation change, no pass required, 30 minutes from Seattle without traffic.
My wonderful friend Hannah flew in from Iowa for a quick visit. Coming from a land with flat cornfields as far as the eye can see, I promised her a hike in the mountains with a stop at a brewery afterwards.
As with most of my attempts at schedules and plans, we were off the timeline after five minutes. We finally made it through traffic to Rattlesnake Ledge, and luckily we were in the mountains near Seattle and not Denver (Denver’s altitude is a real killer) so our lungs handled the sprint up the mountain just fine.
Well Hannah seemed fine. I on the other hand was struggling. There was a moment where I attempted to mask my gasps for air as oohs and aahs over the views. I don’t think Hannah was fooled.
We took our time on the way back to our car and enjoyed a beautiful sunset over the lake. The stop at a brewery never happened, but I’d still call today a success.
Things to keep in mind if you’re heading out to Rattlesnake Ledge: Found just off the I-90 corridor, this is probably one of the most popular hikes you’ll find near Seattle. This makes it a very busy trail especially on nice summer weekends. Try heading out after work during the week instead of fighting the crowds.