Rattlesnake Mountain/East Peak 10/18/15

 

View from Rattlesnake Ledge
View from Rattlesnake Ledge

It’s Sunday morning, why not hike?  But where?

I have been hanging around Rattlesnake Lake lately.  Did a mini-hike Wednesday (didn’t merit a post here) at Cedar Butte and so on and so I figured, why not just hike from Rattlesnake Lake up to the East Peak.

So I did.

You can see a map and some photos and elevation plot of this hike right here:

http://adventures.garmin.com/en-US/by/djhiker/rattlesnake-mountain-east-peak/#.ViQF0pXlupo

In the meantime, I see now what it means to be in a super-popular area.  Oh my!  I count seeing 8 or 10 people all day as busy.  Today, on the way down, after I passed Rattlesnake Ledge (which is where most people go, and they turn around and go back, which is a 3.8 mile round-trip) I must have passed 70 or 80 people coming up.

And this is a gloomy, cool Sunday in late Autumn.  Cloudy, not the greatest views.

But there was this:

Above some clouds
Above some clouds

And I passed a nice little memory.  The first hike I did with Derek was on 1/19/2015, well before we started this blog.  We parked about where I parked today and hiked up to this sign before we turned around:

 

Mid Point of 1st hike
Mid Point of 1st hike

Today, I went past this spot with a goal of hitting the East Peak, which is about .7 miles past this sign and, I might add for future reference, just past this sign is a nice little stretch of steep hiking.

Round trip today just over 9 miles, 4.5 hours, including a (in my opinion well-deserved) sandwich break at East Peak.

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