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Ascent of Rattlesnake Mountain on 2021-04-23

Climber: Daniel Mick

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, April 23, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Rattlesnake Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:3480 ft / 1060 m

Ascent Trip Report

DIRECTIONS
Google to the VERY popular trailhead.

EXPERIENCE
Excluding the awesome views from the ledges(!) this is a dumpster peak. Thankfully it can be hiked year-round in any kind of weather - it is a highway of a maintained trail and is almost completely protected by tree cover almost the entire distance.

Arrived at 09:15 to a parking lot already about a third full. I didn't research this much so didn't realize it was such a popular area! Passed a couple dozen people on the way up including a WTA trail crew (Thank you!!) doing significant work on the already ultra-maintained trail. A dozen people on the first ledge, almost all in civvies. The only other "prepared" people were a group of 70+yo women on a birthday hike. Only a single soul above the second ledge who I met on the way down. Persistent but compacted snow from 3000. My mesh trail-runners got slightly damp at the worst. The only views along the route are at the ledges - I'm sure others could be had along the summit ridge but wouldn't be as good as the ledges. Overcast hazy day diminished the expansiveness of the views and added glare but still great considering how short the hike is!


RATING
1/1 ACCESS (roads, restrictions) - Google to the VERY popular trailhead.
0/1 REMOTENESS (popularity, sight/Sound) - I stopped counting after ~120 people...on an April Friday morning...
1/1 CONDITION (trail/route) - extremely well-kept. There was even a WTA crew working while I was there.
0/2 VARIETY (flora/fauna, geology, terrain) - dumpster timber hill if it weren't for the ledges
2/2 VIEWS (frequency, quality) - fantastic 270 views from the ledges. Quite the payoff for such a short hike!
1/1 AWE (does it inspire) - great views. Boring hike.
1/2 DANIEL FACTOR (would I enjoy climbing this again: 0=No, 1=Meh, 2=Yes) - I'd definitely take a newbie to the ledges.
TOTAL 6/10
(does not include difficulty since hikers may prefer opposite extremes)

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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2597 ft / 791 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Route:Rattlesnake Mt
    Trailhead:Rattlesnake Lake  883 ft / 269 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Daniel Mick
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