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