I decided to start my Christmas break out right with a quick cold hike up to Rattlesnake Ledge. I just did this hike back in April so you can find more details on that blog post. It's a pretty easy 4 mile round trip hike that climbs about 1100 feet up to a ledge overlooking Rattlesnake Lake.
What was cool today is that I took my 5 year old son with me. We got started early with the temp in the mid-30's and it took us about 80 minutes to the ledge. We only saw a few people on the way up but ended up seeing at least 50 people as we headed down later.
Despite the low temps we were bundled up well and had no problems staying warm. I was really proud of A-man for getting up to the ledge and getting back down. Hopefully this will be the start of many years of having him explore the outdoors with me.
We had the ledge entirely to ourselves so I took the opportunity to explain to him the importance of taking careful steps and explained to him that a fall from the ledge would be extremely bad (which is an understatement). We were having fun but safety had to come first and I was proud of him taking the situation very seriously.
It was very cloudy at the ledge. We got just a couple of peaks of Mt. Si and Mailbox Peak as the clouds moved by to the north. The top of Mount Washington was obscured by clouds as well. I was really struck by how much water was missing from the lake compared to when I was there in April. I also noticed that there was a new kiosk/sign with some information about the ledge and the area.
All in all in was a great morning. The entire hike took less than 2 1/2 hours and could be done in considerably less time by anyone with longer legs than my son.