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“A rewarding view!”

Rattlesnake Mountain Trail
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in North Bend
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a city by a lake, WA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“A rewarding view!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

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.

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“Near Home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2013

We live close to Rattlesnake Lake and have enjoyed it many times. A leisurely hike with wonderful views of the lake at the top! Easy enough for children and dogs however it can be dangerous up high. If you want to make it harder just do it faster. The lake itself is enjoyable for just exploring or cook outs. Canoes and kayaks are very popular to take. There is an information center which can be interesting. A very popular hike so it can be busy on nice weekends or holidays.

Visited June 2013
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Union City, New Jersey, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

Just an absolutely beautiful place for a hike, short or long along a beautiful lake. Take the walk around the lake for an easy stroll or hike up the mountain for a bit more strenous one. Great walk with kids or dogs.

Visited October 2013
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Mankato, Minnesota
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“A great, late afternoon hike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

We decided to take a quick hike up to the ledge before turning in for the evening. Depending on your pace and level, this can be a good way to work up a sweat or a be a very strenuous, daunting activity. We left the trail head around 5 pm and made it to the ledge at around 6 pm (we only did the 4 mi. round trip). It's almost a constant incline the whole way up, so we kept a steady, even pace. When you get to the top, be very careful and mind your footing. There is a large crevice when you first come up to the view and the drops are sheer, use extreme caution. Otherwise, enjoy the view and photo taking opportunities!

Visited July 2013
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“Climb to heaven”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

When you arrive, you'll be greeted with a free parking area with lake and picnic areas. Fairly short hike (in terms of miles) with 1.9 Miles of switchbacks, but still a good workout. At the top you're rewarded with a fabulous view. Be warned this is a very popular hike with narrow trail. You must be EXTREMELY careful at the top because you're on a cliff. Kids can do this but when you get to the top, stay very close to them and stay way back from the ledge.

On the way back to Seattle, drop by the North Bend Outlet mall (exit 31). It's only one exit away.

Visited July 2013
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