It’s been a while since we have had a chance to do any hiking up here in the PNW. It’s also been a while since we’ve gotten our heart rates over 100. These gloomy days are good for eating, drinking, and laying on the couch with a nice fluffy blanket. But, with all this sunshine lately, we just had to get outdoors. Mind you, it is still in the 40’s.
S did an awesome job of researching hikes that were just our level (easy-moderate) with great scenery and found: Rattlesnake Ledge.
It was the coldest hike I had ever been on. So cold, in fact, that I’m pretty sure my ear drums froze. We both got seriously terrible ear pain climbing up the mountain. With a 4 mile round trip I was hoping it would go away fast. Luckily, once our bodies got warmed up the pain went away. We huffed and puffed all the way up, but it was worth it! Just take a look at the amazing view from the top.
Here are some highlights from this beautiful fall hike:
- The gorgeous lake at the base of the mountain
- When you start the trail you are immediately transported into the forests of Twilight (Can we say Edward?)
- The top of the hike offers a great rocky ledge to enjoy the view and a snack
- Very popular hike, makes you feel safe from cougars or bears (I’m a wimp)
- Very dog friendly (The Runyun Canyon of the PNW?)
- Easy enough not to give up halfway, but challenging enough to keep you breathing heavily