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4.3 mile 6.9 kilometer out and back
76% Runnable


Ascent: 1,111' 339 m
Descent: -1,110' -338 m
High: 2,005' 611 m
Low: 921' 281 m


Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)


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An extremely popular out-and-back run to the viewpoint on Rattlesnake Ledge.

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Rattlesnake Ledge is very exposed and caution should be taken especially with children or dogs.


Two miles of moderate climbing brings runners to a large, craggy outcropping with fantastic views of Rattlesnake Lake, North Bend, and the surrounding ridges. This is one of the most popular runs near Seattle, so expect a lot of company.

Need to Know

Expect lots of people, especially on weekends. Visit on a weekday, or head up earlier in the day to reduce the crowds. There are a number of parking areas near Rattlesnake Lake, some require a Discover Pass.

Runner Notes

A steady climb to leave your legs burning as you earn a fantastic view at the top. Some sections of root and rock will require careful footwork.


Begin your run along the Rattlesnake Lake Service Road behind the closed gate. You'll quickly arrive at a kiosk and the signed entrance to the Rattlesnake Mountain Trail on your right.

The climbing to the ledge above will be steady but moderate. The trail is generally well maintained and the absence of any connecting trails makes navigating easy. Most of the run is spent under the shade of a young forest that can get dark at times, making the occasional rooty or rocky section a little more challenging.

Although this run's main highlight is the scenic vistas, most of the lower portions are hemmed in by trees, so the lush forest and moss-covered boulders are the main points of interest at first. Nearer to the top, a few viewpoints reveal North Bend and Rattlesnake Lake below.

A small connector trail leads out to the large craggy rock of Rattlesnake Ledge and the grand vista of mountains, forests, and the blue waters of Rattlesnake Lake below. Proceed carefully as the footing is uneven and there are deep crevices. The setting and views are well worth lingering over before heading back down.

For those looking for an added bonus there are two additional ledges not too far up the trail. Both of these smaller ledges provide great views, and have far fewer people.


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Feb 2, 2019
Lina GM
Jan 26, 2019
Sep 10, 2018
Tara Brown
Morning hike with Lyndsey 4.3mi
Jul 21, 2018
Jake Bennett
Followed the trail past Rattlesnake Ledge. The trail continued climbing up to East Peak. A great running trail with moderate climbs. 9.2mi — 2h 37m
May 29, 2018
Andrew Coulter
Apr 21, 2018
Andrea Scott
4.3mi — 2h 00m
Apr 6, 2018
Tova Soroka
Power Hike up, ran down
Sep 17, 2017
Madelynn Scherrer
Rattlesnake Ledge, had a fun time on my first "real" trail run. 4mi — 0h 57m

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