November 7, 2015« More activities from 2015
Scouts and adults gathered at the church at 8:30am, checked out the gear we needed, and took off a little before 9am. We arrived at the Rattlesnake Ridge trailhead parking lot, unloaded all of our gear, ran through some safety and general hiking skills, and got moving by about 10am after a quick trailhead photo opportunity. The water level at Rattlesnake Lake was historically low, but it was very muddy due to rain, so we did not take time to explore it.
We skipped the main ledge on the way up, but got out on the middle and upper ledges before heading up to the ridge and visiting the radio tower. We ate lunch and made some hot cocoa a little ways away from the radio tower because there were signs on the tower stating that there are health concerns with the radio waves. There were a few nice benches with good views a few hundred feet away from the tower. Though it drizzled for most of the hike, it started raining a bit heavier during lunch, so we packed up, took a quick group photo at the tower, and headed back down.
We stopped at the main ledge this time and explored the area before taking another photo and heading back down. The entire hike was 7.6 miles roundtrip with 2,597 feet of elevation gain. We made it to the cars by 3:30pm and were back at the church by 4:30pm. – MHG