The weather report couldn't have been worse, but Justin and I turned our heads and decided to go for a Sunday jog up Rattlesnake Ridge. If weather dictated our runs in the PNW we would never get out the door. In the midst of a downpour and numb fingers I always find serenity. The solitude from a dark, rainy run is always rejuvenating. If that sounds backwards to you, you either need to conquer your fears or invest in the right clothing. I have always loved reading about the Danes who bike to work in the worst of winter. I'm certain it contributes to their statistic as the happiest country in the world. No excuses!
We climbed just over 1,000ft to the ledge and stopped briefly. The ledge usually has stunning views, but not today! There wasn't a soul to be seen. The ledge was completely engulfed in a foggy mist that sent a good chill through my face and ears. I guess I'll wear a hat next time.
We continued past the ledge along the Rattlesnake Ridge trail. This picture below is deceiving because it was the only patch of snow we ran across. Most of the run actually looked like this. Things got really sloppy beyond this point because the stack of snow from the previous day had been washed away from the rain and the trail was pretty slushy. There was a lot of sliding around on our way down. We started on the Rattlesnake Lake side of the trail which ends at Snoqualmie point. If you were to reverse our path the climbing would be much more gradual, although you have to deal with a steeper downhill. You will also need a car shuttle if you go point-to-point, otherwise an out and back is certainly worth the drive.
Rattlesnake Ridge: Exit 32 from I-90
Elevation gain: 3500ft
I am an outdoor travel junkie with my doctorate in occupational therapy. On Sweet World Travels you will find stories of my life with my husband, the communities we serve, and the many adventures we take.