We did a really fun and vigorous hike today. We parked one car by I-90 Exit 27 and then drove to Exit 32 – Rattlesnake Lake – and hiked up, across and down Rattlesnake Mountain.
We have done this a few times before and it is always fun. We were shooting today to pretty much go right across without a break and within 4 hours.
Alas, there were so many blow downs starting around 2500 feet, with lots of snow at 2900 feet that we were slowed by having to navigate over/under/around, and by the fact that they threw us off the trail for awhile. Final time was about 4:25.
But as always, awesome views:
We actually met up with some birds who seemed interested in being fed – Derek put his hand out and one of them swooped, looking for a treat. Derek snapped some photos but they didn’t show the birds really well. But we did have some company up there.
Here is a visualization of the hike:
Update: that’s Rattlesnake Mountain, photographed from the north. When we say we hiked Rattlesnake Mountain, that’s what it is about.