Hiking, Hiking with baby

Now I remember…

…why we never hike to Rattlesnake Ledge during the day anymore. TNAB? Yes. Dawn Patrol? Yes. Stopping by on a Rattlesnake Mountain traverse? Yes. In the middle of the day on a sunny weekend? No. No no no. Just no.

All of Puget Sound came out to the Ledge

Even though this was a weekend in February, not July, all of Puget Sound was there to enjoy the weather and the views. That’s the thing, Rattlesnake is popular for a reason – it’s a very easy trail with a huge payoff. And who am I to complain about the fact that this many people are out enjoying the trails? Especially when so many of those hikers are kids.

Baby's first Rattlesnake

It’s a good thing our little kid loves people-watching (and that I don’t mind nursing in public). We ended up having a really great lunch break up there on the ledge, marinating in vitamin D and endorphins.

Happy hiker

I love, love, love this stage of babydom. Gone are the days filled with endless hours of inconsolable crying – now we have a happy, smiling, laughing little nugget who is not yet mobile enough to wreak havoc around the house (or on precipitous mountain ledges).

Family squishy

There’s not much point to this blog post except to say that a) we survived the March of Thousands to Rattlesnake Ledge and b) hell yeah, life is good.

A rare moment of solitude on the trail

Rattlesnake Ledge | 4 miles | 1200 feet elevation gain –

Pappa, this lake smells like goose poop

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  • Reply Lisa March 10, 2015 at 10:31 am

    I did this hike a few years ago on a similarly nice spring weekend day and it was so packed that you couldn’t hike very fast because there were just so many people there.

  • Reply Ingunn March 10, 2015 at 10:34 am

    We tried counting passing hikers, but after reaching 200 in 15 minutes, we gave up – we estimate that there were about 2000 hikers on trail in the time we were there!

  • Reply Jennifer March 10, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    I can’t believe how popular this trail is! Yes, there is a great view on a sunny day, but it’s crazy! There are so many other rewarding trails to enjoy without the crowds.

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