For those not looking to drive too far from Seattle, the Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic Area is a great place to stretch your legs or for those new to hiking. The park offers 1,771 acres of mid-elevation forest on a mountainous ridge along the Snoqualmie Valley, less than an hour from the big city, and just across I-90 from the towns of North Bend and Snoqualmie. Hikers are rewarded with great views of the sprawling valley below and Mount Si just to the northeast.
Getting to Rattlesnake from Seattle via I-90 is pretty straightforward. The Rattlesnake Mountain Trail starts off Exit 27, just a short distance south on Winery Road at the Snoqualmie Point Park, and can be made into quite the long day-hike. The well-known and popular Rattlesnake Ledge Trail begins off Exit 32, though it can get pretty crowded on nice weekends. For more information, take a look at the Rattlesnake Mountain brochure.
When to Go
Visit this scenic area year-round, but be prepared for snow during the winter. The best months to visit are June-September.
Bring your Discover Pass, or purchase a day-use pass online.
Dogs are permitted on leash in the Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic Area.