This is really a little out of order. I posted about our huge hike up Mount Si earlier in the week but really this hike happened before that hike.
Our final goal in the Couch to Peak series was a hike up Rattlesnake Ledge. We have been up this trail several times but it was a good challenge for those who are new to hiking. I think I have said this before but it is 2 miles to the top with an elevation gain of almost 600 feet per mile – a pretty moderate climb.
There were just four of us for this one. There was a range of physical fitness but everyone did great. We took our time and everyone made it to the top together.
Since this is one of the most popular trails outside of Seattle – even more popular with tourists than Mt Si since it is an easier hike – and the weather was nice so it was very crowded at the top. We had a hard time finding a place to sit to enjoy the view and have a snack. That is pretty typical of this hike though.
There was a large group of tourists at the top who were posing as a group for pictures. It was funny because Chester wanted so bad to go over to them to get his hundreds of pets There was a gap in the rock between him and them too big to jump. He kept sitting there inching closer to the edge and making whining sounds while staring at them longingly.
At one point one person came over to pet him and he jumped into the gap to get closer. The problem was that his leash ran out before he hit the ground (which was only about 3 feet down) so he was left dangling in his harness. The man was nice enough to give him a lift back onto the ledge. It was pretty funny.
Anyway, we had a good time and everyone felt accomplished for finishing the series – especially those people who weren’t used to hiking and had a harder time. I felt good too that I set this up so that they could accomplish such a great goal with their dogs and discover a new, fun way to get fit with their pets.
Here are some more photos from the trip