Monday, July 4, 2011

Weekly Hike #2: Rattlesnake Ridge

Mr. D and I took this hike, last Tuesday, a cloudy and cool day, with showers in the forecast. Cloudy and cool is perfect for hiking, and fortunately, we didn't get rained on. We went further up into the foothills, just south of the town of North Bend, to Rattlesnake Lake and the trailhead for the Rattlesnake Ridge trail. The name of both the lake and the trail are misleading, as there are no rattlesnakes west of the Cascades. The lake is part of the Cedar River Watershed; the whole area is maintained by Seattle Public Utilities and access is free to the public.

We started our hike at Rattlesnake Lake.

There were many large, moss-covered boulders along the trail.

Broad-leaved starflowers brightened our path.

The best trail snack this week was cherries!

The trail was well-maintained, and once at Rattlesnake Ridge (a 1,000 foot elevation gain), we had lunch with some beautiful views:

Looking across the Snoqualmie Valley to Mount Si.

Mr. D surveying the view.

There's still lots of snow in the mountains.

I have also been knitting a lot in the past week, and I'll have a report on my current projects coming up soon.

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