A mild winter and sunny weekends is bringing winter hikers out in droves to the North Bend area. It is especially evident at the very popular, relatively shorter, Rattlesnake Trail hike, which leads visitors up two miles to exposed, steep Rattlesnake Ledge – and its sweeping views of the Snoqualmie Valley, Rattlesnake Lake directly below and Mt. Si,.
North Bend residents living in the area are fairly accustomed to the trail being busy during spring and summer, but the crowds making their way to Rattlesnake during this sunny and mild winter are leaving some residents surprised and a little shocked – especially by what visitors are not taking with them off the mountain.
Over the February 20, 2015 weekend, a hiker filmed the popular destination with a “GoPro Hero 4 Black on the FreeX Skyview” Quad Copter.
The video posted to YouTube on February 24th shows just how busy Rattlesnake Ledge has become – and left me wondering, “How many more people can fit on the Ledge?”
Locals: Please Take it With You
According to residents, multitudes of hikers are also leaving some very noticeable reminders along the busy trail. One resident attempted to document the amount of garbage (doggie “poo bags,” dirty diapers, energy bar wrappers, dirty tissue/paper towels) littered on the busy trail instead of being brought down to garbage cans at the trailhead.
A Wilderness Rim homeowner explained the amount of people heading to Rattlesnake Lake is overflowing the parking lot, with cars parking all the way down Cedar Falls Way (on both roadsides) and now regularly inside the nearby Wilderness Rim neighborhood. Residents say traffic near Rattlesnake is mess on any sunny day now.
See the Rattlesnake Ledge quad copter video capturing just how busy the hiking destination HERE.
The Rattlesnake Ledge Trail and Rattlesnake Mountain Trail are property of Seattle Public Utilities