Seattle Public Utilities Mami Hara, General Manager/CEO

Rattlesnake Ledge Trail

Trail information and conditions

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Rattlesnake Ledge Trail and Rattlesnake Mountain Trail

Current Conditions: Open, and maintained to Rattlesnake Ledge. Be prepared and always carry the 10 Essentials. Be advised weekend trail use is heavy year-round and parking is limited at Rattlesnake Lake.

Length: 2 miles to Ledge and 11 miles across Rattlesnake Mountain to Snoqualmie Point Park
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Users: Foot only, No Fires, No camping
View Rattlesnake Ledge map (pdf)
View Mountain Trail map (pdf)

Beginning at Rattlesnake Lake the first 2-mile section to Rattlesnake Ledge Trail is one of the most popular hiking trails in the region. Expect to encounter many hikers and dogs on the trail and use extreme caution around exposed cliffs and steep drops. The Rattlesnake Mountain Trail is cooperatively maintained by Seattle Public Utilities, King County and Washington Department of Natural Resources with help from the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust trail crews and volunteers. The Rattlesnake Mountain Trail continues west, gaining elevation, for 9 more miles to Snoqualmie Point Park. The Rattlesnake Mountain is also known as Rattlesnake Ridge on many maps.

Please take the Leave No Trace pledge:

  • Pledge to Keep Washington's Trails Beautiful!- Rattlesnake ledge trail belongs to all of us.
  • Respect wildlife: observe them from a safe distance and pledge not to feed them and keep pets on a leash.
  • Dispose of waste (human, dog and trash) properly. Pledge to pack it in and pack it out.
  • Preserve the wild experience. Pledge to help create a great trail culture that respects other trail users, yielding the trail and letting the sounds of nature prevail.

Additional Area Trails

Iron Horse State Park and John Wayne Pioneer Trail

Current Conditions: Open, and maintained thru the Snoqualmie tunnel.

Length: 18 miles to Snoqualmie Pass Tunnel, 100 miles to Columbia River
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Users: Foot, Bike, Horse
View map (pdf)

The Cedar Falls Trailhead at Rattlesnake Lake is the western portal to the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. After about 18 miles you reach the 2-mile-long Snoqualmie Pass tunnel. Bring flashlights and bike lights if you intend to travel into the tunnel. The tunnel trail section continues east to Hyak and then ends in 80 miles at the Columbia River. A Washington State Discover Pass is required at the Cedar Falls Trailhead. Check with Washington State Parks for current conditions.

Snoqualmie Valley Trail

Length: 8 miles to North Bend, 31.5 miles to Duvall
Difficulty: Easy
Users: Foot, Bike, Horse
View map (pdf)

This scenic King County regional trail and former railroad grade traverses from Rattlesnake Lake north through the cities of North Bend, Snoqualmie, Carnation and Duvall. For current conditions contact King County Parks.