Rattlesnake Ledge with Rattlesnake Lake in the foreground
|Elevation||3,480+ feet (1,061+ m)|
|Prominence||2,520 ft (768 m)|
|Location||King County, Washington State, U.S.|
|Range||Issaquah Alps, Cascades|
|Topo map||USGS North Bend|
Rattlesnake Ridge (sometimes called Rattlesnake Ledge or Rattlesnake Mountain) is a mountain ridge located south of North Bend, Washington, United States. The western end is near the intersection of State Route 18 and I-90 in Snoqualmie, Washington and runs southeast about 7 miles (11 km) or 11 miles (18 km) by trail. It is the highest and easternmost of the Issaquah Alps (although Cedar Butte in the gap between Rattlesnake Ledge and the Cascade front at Mount Washington is considered by Harvey Manning to be a quasi-Alp). A complicated maze of abandoned logging roads and constructed trails have been strung together to provide a 10.5-mile (16.9 km) foot path from the Snoqualmie Point Trailhead at Exit 27 on I-90 all the way to the Rattlesnake Lake trailhead near Exit 32.
Most of the mountain is owned by the state of Washington or King County, and is protected as Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic Area, managed jointly by Washington State Department of Natural Resources and King County Park and Recreation Department. The Southern section of the mountain, closed to public, is owned by Seattle Water Department, while large sections in the western part of the ridge are owned by Adrienne Hunter - recently purchased for her birthday from Weyerhaeuser Corporation, which conducted substantial logging operations there.
On May 30, 2009, a man in his 20s fell one hundred feet to his death from a ledge on Rattlesnake Ridge.
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