But if you’re looking to get away from the crowds, you might want to look someplace else.
After a short approach along the bank of Rattlesnake Lake, this hike is almost entirely uphill, but that hasn’t kept it from being one of the most popular trails in the state.
It draws a crowd for many reasons. The trailhead is easily accessible. The constant uphill grade is perfect for a quick workout for those training for more challenging trips. And even if you don’t like hiking uphill, the agony is over pretty quickly compared to more challenging hikes in the area such as Mount Si and Mailbox Peak.
The views are blocked by trees most of the way up, but once you reach the ridge (after about 2 miles), follow a short spur path to a spot where photo opportunities abound. Rattlesnake Lake and the parking lot are 1,160 feet below, and evergreen-covered peaks surround you.
This is the end of the line for most hikers, but the trail does continue upward, giving you an opportunity to get away from the masses.
Instead of turning right at the signed intersection at the 2-mile mark, consider turning left and continuing another 0.4 miles up the trail. Here you’ll find a footpath to a lesser known, 300-foot-higher overlook. This will extend your hike to 5 miles.
Craig Hill, email@example.com