What to do when you don’t have a reason to be at Sea Fair? Beat the Interstate 90 bridge closure and go hike Rattlesnake Ledge trail with a friend. Early on Saturday morning a friend and I went on an adventure up Rattlesnake Ledge on a hot summer day (90 degrees!) to experience the view everyone talks about.
Boy were we in for great view, just look at this view!
We started our adventure with a forty-five minute drive from Seattle towards the outskirts of North Bend. After a few minutes going around in circles in the small town of Tanner looking for the road leading up to the trail with a GPS that was having dumb movement, we finally got to the parking lot of the trail head around 9am.
Since the whole state is in a state of drought, there was a section of the lake bed that had dried up and you could trek across the lake bed to the head of the trail without going all around the lake. Starting up the trial at 9am is a good time because there was not a lot of people going up or down at this time. There were a lot of pauses along the trail for some water after the heat of the day started to come through the canopy of trees. The trial going up had switch backs, steep inclines in areas, rocky and tree roots on the trail. There were times when my friend had to help me up over steps made out of tree roots. Overall I made it up the trail without any incident.
I reached the ledge after an hour of hiking two miles up the trail. The view did not disappoint at all, and the sun made the perfect reason to bask on the rocks looking out over the valley below. The lake below was a beautiful blueish- green color with the banks very visible from the ledge showing how dry the summer has been. From the ledge you could see Mt Si, North Bend, Tanner/Riverbend, Chester Morse Lake,Christmas Lake and Iron Horse State Park Trail.
After spending an hour on the ledge people watching and resting for the trip back down, I started to see groups of people starting to crowed the ledge. We decided to start back down the trail after a few people started to push others out-of-the-way on the ledge. While coming down there were a lot of people starting up the trail to the ledge and a few people who were struggling with the heat as they hiked upward. I am so glad the both of us decided to go earlier because marching up the trail with people crowding behind you would not be a fun experience and the weather was getting warmer the longer I was on the trail. When we drove out of the area there were a lot of cars parked on the shoulder of the road and lots of people on or by Rattlesnake Lake.
After finishing the hike we stopped in North Bend to refuel ourselves and then head back home to cool off from the Ninety degree weather. Now I can check this one hike off my bucket list and try next time to hike up to Upper Ledge which is another 3.8 miles past the lower ledge.