Rattlesnake Ledge in Washington is one of the most popular hikes in the area but for absolutely good reason. If you’re in and around Seattle, or Tacoma, and want incredible views without too much effort then make sure this is on your list.
Can be done in a day, or a little bit quicker if you’re fast on your feet, the climb is absolutely worth it as the views are incredible.
Although it is one of the more popular hikes in the area, in my opinion, it is absolutely worth it.
If you’ve got some legs and you fancy making another hike whilst you’re here, Mailbox Peak is on the same road and you’d be able to squeeze them both in if you’ve got some gas.
How to get to Rattlesnake Ledge, Washington
About 30 minutes away from Seattle, this is one of the best day hikes in the area.
On the way to Snoqualmie Pass, it’s an easily accessible trail with lots of parking at the trailhead. I’d recommend showing up early to get yourself a parking spot but also to get the trail more to yourself.
My Experience with Rattlesnake Ledge, Washington
I picked a wonderful day to head down towards Snoqualmie Pass and to hike to the top of Rattlesnake Ledge. Unfortunately, I missed my alarm and ended up setting off later than intended, however, it wasn’t as busy as I thought it would be.
Hiking this hike with some pretty horrific blisters from a big hike the week before wasn’t the best preparation, but thankfully Rattlesnake Ledge isn’t too difficult.
Passing by the lake you’ll eventually see from above, you quickly enter the trees and start a series of switchbacks to get to the ledge.
Once you’ve hiked back and forth through the trees you’ll pop out on the first ledge and be greeted with incredible views of Snoqualmie Pass and Rattlesnake Lake.
My recommendation is not to stop at the first ledge, but to continue uphill and hit the second and the third ledges too. They’ll be much more quiet, and the view is equally as good (you just don’t get the lake in it).
The trees are stunning, and the hike itself is enjoyable throughout. Choose a good day, set off early, pack yourself some lunch, and bag one of the best day hikes in Washington.