Rattlesnake Ledge | near North Bend, Washington
Luke and I have taken full advantage of the increasing number of beautiful days here in Washington. One of my favorite outings in recent weeks was our hike to Rattlesnake Ledge. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, and between the heat of the day and the heat I generated on my own hauling a growing toddler up a mountain, I could easily taste the coming of spring and the promise of many more outdoor adventures.
We started our day on the shores of Rattlesnake Lake, a lovely blue-green lake nestled in the southern end of Snoqualmie Valley. Luke watched several kayaks drift around as effortlessly as the ducks closer to the beach. We scrambled up several of the tree stumps and tossed rocks into the water. After some time, I loaded Luke up into our trusty pack and we made our way around the lake to the trailhead.
Although it was a Monday afternoon, many other hikers shared our idea of a nice weekday outing in the beautiful weather. We moved slowly up the trail, stepping to the side to let the faster hikers and their dogs past and to take in the sweet mountain air. The sun shone through the trees and warmed our faces.
We wound along the switchbacks and climbed higher and higher. The trail wasn’t incredibly steep, but my legs still burned under the weight of the pack, my rider, and our snacks and water. Luke and I got a couple of thumbs up as other hikers passed.
At last, we rounded the last turn and saw the ridge. Sweaty hikers taking a break and enjoying the stunning view covered the ledge. I kept Luke on my back and carefully made my way closer to the cliff to look over the edge. The lake where we played only about an hour before now sat directly beneath us.
I took a quick breather, shared some water with Luke, then turned and started back down the mountain.