Learn now about future temporary closure, reroute on Rattlesnake Mountain Trail

A 10-mile hike on Rattlesnake Mountain Trail provides views of Rattlesnake Lake, pictured. Photo courtesy Pixabay.
Access to popular destinations, including Rattlesnake Lake, Grand Prospect, East Peak and Rattlesnake Ledge, will remain open. Photo courtesy Pixabay.

Update: Starting Wednesday, August 3, the Rattlesnake Mountain Trail is now open.

Update: Starting Monday, April 4, the Rattlesnake Mountain Trail will be temporarily closed from Grand Prospect to Windy Landing due to timber harvest activities. View a map of the temporary closure.  Check back here and on our website for updates.

Original post: With spring adventures right around the corner, here’s a temporary change hikers will want to know as they plan this year’s outings. A section of the Rattlesnake Mountain Trail in our Raging River State Forest will be temporarily closed sometime between March – September 2016 due to timber harvest activities.

After the timber harvest, DNR will reroute a minor section of the Rattlesnake Mountain Trail in fall 2016 to improve hikers’ trail experience. We’ll keep you updated here, and on our Facebook and Twitter pages with more detailed information on specific closure and reroute dates. See a map of the section of trail that will be temporarily closed.

Generating revenue
Generating $415,223 in revenue to support King County services, the harvest will preserve longstanding trees to protect unique Rattlesnake Mountain ecology, wildlife habitat, and hikers’ trail experience. DNR will replant the 82-acre harvest area with noble fir in 2017.

Rattlesnake Mountain Trail
The Rattlesnake Mountain Trail, which crosses DNR’s Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic Area and Raging River State Forest just outside North Bend, reaches an elevation of 3,500 feet where it connects with City of Seattle’s 2-mile Rattlesnake Ledge Trail, overlooking the Cedar River Watershed.

Getting there
From the Seattle metro area, travel east on Interstate 90 past the Highway 18 interchange; take Exit 27 and travel a short distance south on Winery Road to the trailhead (at Snoqualmie Point Park). Remember to bring your Discover Pass for your vehicle.

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