It's been an extra cool and rainy spring in Seattle. Luckily, late this week the sun broke through the clouds and today was predicted to be near perfect. No clouds with a high in the mid-60's. To celebrate I headed out towards North Bend very early to hike the Rattlesnake Ledge trail and if I had any steam left, the Cedar Butte trail in Iron Horse State Park too. Luckily they are located right next to each other off I-90 at exit 32. Rattlesnake Mountain is on the right hand side of the road and Iron Horse is on the left.
As I drove out I-90 I snapped a picture of the cool clear morning. I knew the forecasters were right and I was excited. I arrived at the parking area next to Rattlesnake Lake a little before 7 AM and took a couple of pictures before heading up the 2 mile trail to Rattlesnake Ledge. The trail to the ledge is extremely popular and on a beautiful day like today I knew it would be jam packed. For me, having a lot of other people around kind of defeats one of the purposes of hiking, which is to get away. So I was glad that I got up early and found a nearly empty parking lot. From the parking lot Rattlesnake Mountain looked awesome in the clear sky.
This morning I got up early and drove up to Wallace Falls near Gold Bar, WA. It's northeast of Seattle on Highway 2 towards Steven's Pass (but luckily not that far).
When I first arrived around 7:45 I was all alone except for a couple of car campers. The park doesn't technically open until 8 AM and the weather was cold, fog, and rain. I could barely see out the car window but I was happy with the conditions because I was hoping to be able to hike alone.