Ascent of Rattlesnake Mountain-Northwest Peak on 2018-04-08

Climber: Greg Slayden

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, April 8, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Rattlesnake Mountain-Northwest Peak
    Elevation:2240 ft / 682 m

Ascent Trip Report

This peak is pretty much a waste--a low forested bump with no views. The best way up is to ride a mountain bike right to the summit, which would be pretty easy to get up and fun riding down. Hiking the logging roads, like I did, is pretty boring. But I really felt like getting out today and here was an easy P300' peak near home that I had not yet tagged.

I have done a lot of hikes in my day, and this one might be rainiest--I was in continuous heavy wind-driven rain from when I left my house to when I returned. At least the popular Rattlesnake trail had hardly anyone on it. This trail crosses a logging road several times, and at the fourth crossing I turned right on the road, and then shortly took another right on a spur road that led towards the summit,

My upward route was a very circuitous sock-shaped path that followed broad, easy logging roads (See GPS track). Aware of this, while heading up I eyeballed the forest to my right to see about bushwhacking to cut off some distance, but it looked like a bad mixture of salmonberry thorns, dense evergreens, deadfall, and logging slash and I didn't fancy entering that in the rain.

The summit was anti-climactic--the highest ground seemed to me to be a short bushwhack into the woods to the east of the logging road. On my way down I decided to try the bushwhack to cut off the circuitous route up, since I was now pretty much thoroughly drenched and didn't see how I could get any wetter. My route was not too terrible--the thorny vegetation was not yet in summer bloom and going downhill is always easier when bushwhacking. My 0.3 mile thrash was a better option than the boring 1.6 miles of road walking it saved, so for this time of year I do recommend this option if on foot and you have some NW bushwhacking experience.

But, again, a mountain bike on a dry day is the way to get this one.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1270 ft / 387 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1270 ft / 386 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.3 mi / 11.7 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Windy, Low Clouds
Drenching rain all day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1270 ft / 387 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1180 ft / 359 m; Extra: 90 ft / 27m
    Loss on way in:90 ft / 27 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Start Trailhead:Snoqualmie TH  1060 ft / 323 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1180 ft / 359 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    End Trailhead:Snoqualmie TH  1060 ft / 323 m
    Time:1 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Greg Slayden
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