We decided on an impromptu hike and headed to Rattlesnake Lake from Seattle at 2pm. We didn't know what to expect from the hike. When we got to the trailhead we saw that the hike to Rattlesnake Ledge is 1.9 miles.
As soon as we started, it was a pretty steady incline. My husband and 11yo son hightailed it and our 9yo and I huffed and puffed it. Perhaps it has something to do with being an overweight out of shape 40yo.
We saw people of all ages and shapes and sizes coming and going as we headed up. Lots of off-leash dogs, too. The trail itself was good terrain with good traction and trees everywhere. As sunset was approaching, we had great photo ops. I realized that we forgot our flashlight in the car so we would have to rely on my iPhone flashlight on the way down.
It took us (9yo and me) about 1.5hrs to get to the top, again going slowly. I'm not sure what the average is. When you reach the ledge landing, there are signs pointing you to continue to the other trails you can go straight for a view of housing and mountains, just a teaser of the view from the actual ledge. If you go right, you will arrive at the ledge and have a ~270-degree view.
This is a beautiful view and worth the hike up. We only got to enjoy for a little bit because the sun was setting. The sky was clear and was deceiving because the trail down is back through the trees and it got dark fast. Next time I'd like to pack a lunch to eat and take in the view.
Tips: Go early. Bring plenty of water. Bring a meal. Bring a camera. A walking stick wouldn't hurt but you can forego. Just in case you stay longer, bring a flashlight. Gates closed at 6pm.