Rattlesnake Ridge – Two Ways

After running Granite Mountain yesterday, I followed up with a relatively easier day – running up Rattlesnake Mountain one way with a bike shuttle  back to the car. I locked my bike to the fence at Snoqualmie Point, then drove to the ledges trailhead at Rattlesnake Lake and ran from there.

View from Rattlesnake Ledges on the way up
Lovely backdrop to the very scenic summit cell tower

This is really the way to run this mountain. The ascent trail is only 4 miles long gaining 3000′, a perfect steepness for running uphill. Then, the 6 mile descent is easy on the knees and runs FAST. I hopped on my bike and rode the flat road through the lovely town of North Bend. There is a slightly unpleasant steep hill on Cedar Falls Rd right before reaching the trailhead, but by and large the half hour, 9 mile ride was a nice cooldown after the run.

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