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Snoqualmie Falls Trail

Location: Snoqualmie, WA

Distance: 2.3 km

Time: 1 hr

Difficulty: Easy

Elevation: 76 m 

Highlights: A view of the base of the falls

Trailhead: Behind the giftshop and visitor centre along the walkway; look for kiosk with a map.

 

Part of Snoqualmie Falls popularity is due in part to cult favourite, Twin Peaks, which features the falls and hotel throughout the series as the setting of The Great Northern. You can view the falls from viewing platforms and walkways along the edge of the hotel and river, but for a more unique perspective follow the trail down to the base of the river. The trail is more of a quick nature walk than hike, and can become quite crowded, but the views are well worth it. The trail quickly descends down the river where you will pass a lower parking lot and continue onto a boardwalk along the river. Getting that classic view on the rocks of Snoqualmie Falls requires hopping the guardrails of the boardwalk; while many people do it it's not recommend as the rocks and be slippery and water levels can rise unpredictably. Venture at your own discretion. When you're done head to North Bend and grab a slice of cherry pie at the Double R, or Twedes Cafe. Check out our trip to Snoqualmie Falls here.

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Rattlesnake Ledge

Location: North Bend, WA

Distance: 6.4 km

Time:  2 hrs

Difficulty:  Moderate

Elevation: 354 m

Highlights: View of Rattlesnake Lake and surrounding mountains

Trailhead: From the parking lot follow the service road towards the lake, look out for the area with porta potties and map kiosks, there will be a sign indicating trailhead.

 

From the trailhead the trail is pretty straightforward with trail markers and a clear path leading the way. Rattlesnake Ledge is actually made up of three different rock points along the side of the mountain referred to lower, middle, and upper Ledge. The lower ledge is where most people hang out and where most photos you've seen floating around are taken from, this ledge can also get very busy and crowded due to it's popularity, views, and short hiking distance. If you venture a little bit further up the trail you'll make your way to the middle and upper ledges; both giving views of the ledges below them as well amazing views of the lake and surrounding mountain ranges, all while avoiding crowds. If you're not a fan of crowds then avoid hiking this trail on a warm Saturday afternoon and opt for an early morning hike or weekday hike. Either way this place is beautiful and worth the hype!