Much to Kathy’s chagrin, we have not been out hiking yet this year. With our mismatched work schedules (soon to change), our social calendar, and her church committees, there really hasn’t been a good day – until yesterday. A sunny weekend with few commitments and temperatures in the low sixties was perfect for a quick hike up to Rattlesnake Ledge, just outside North Bend.
Well, easy once you get a parking space. Cars were parked on both sides of the road for a ½ mile before the entrance to the park. The ample parking lot spaces were all filled but we joined those cruising for a spot and soon spotted a car leaving. That meant that we were sharing the trail with hundreds (thousands?) of folks. As we walked up the trail, often as part of a line of other hikers heading up, a couple of hundred others passed us going down. There were well over a hundred people standing at the peak and adjacent viewpoints. Then the descent with another couple hundred passing us as they headed up. There were folks of all ages, infants to elderly. There were many different languages being spoken (more than I’d heard hiking anywhere else). Being such an easy hike so close to Seattle, it was a veritable United Nations on the trail. And there were dogs, so many dogs.
There was hardly any snow to be seen anywhere in the nearby mountains which means that trails should be in good shape earlier than usual. It also means we go hiking next weekend – Mt Si, I am told. From Rattlesnake Ledge, one gets a good view of Mt. Si rising up behind North Bend (see below). It is surprising that, though a Seattle native, I have never hiked up Si. That will change – soon.