I've had my eye on this hike for at least six months. I'd originally wanted to bring one of my couples up here, but so far no one has taken the bait. So finally, after wanting a hike and a random begging post on Facebook, one of my gal pals agreed to go with me if we went to Rattlesnake Ledge. Having had it on my list, I willingly agreed and we set a date and time for the hike.
I'm not typically an early riser, but I couldn't sleep the night before. Knowing I needed to be up and out of the house by 4:45 am to meet Jayne at 5:30 am, I tossed and turned for most of the night. But at 4:30 when my alarm went off, I jumped out of bed, tossed my gear (gently, my camera was in the bag) in my Subaru Outback and headed to our meeting place in Renton. A quick stop for a bite at McD's on my way and I was ready to go.
When we arrived at the park, it was still pitch black. Aside from camping trips as a kid, I'd never really been outside in the dark. It just wasn't something I made a habit of, because ya know, lions and tigers and bears, oh my! (Ok, really just the bears and maybe a cougar or two. No, I'm not talking WSU cougars either). Armed with bear spray (yeah.....) and a flashlight, we grabbed our backpacks and headed up the trail.
When we'd chosen this hike, it said it was 1.9 miles and the trail was steep. Well.... it was more than steep. It was STEEEEEEEEPPPPP. Imagine walking up about 20 flights of stairs without stopping. Yeah, that's what it was like. 1.9 miles felt like 500 miles. We stopped a few times for water breaks. Our hike was more like a meander. It was slow and right about the time we were ready to give up, I saw the sign at the top, warning about the steep cliffs. We'd reached our destination.
There are really no words to describe the majesty of this place. You're literally standing on a rock that hangs out over a thousand foot fall (the hike gain according to WTA is 1160ft). The trees below look like children's toys or something out of a Christmas Miniature Scene. The views from the top were simply incredible. It's one of those places where you end up standing in silence, taking it all in. Once we'd hit the top, I knew I needed to find a couple to adventure up there for a session. Because seriously, just look at these views: