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Rattlesnake Trail

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410
46.7956, -121.1009 Map & Directions
Length
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
300 feet
Highest Point
3000 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate
In some sections of this trail, Rattlesnake Creek IS your route. Bring good shoes for it. Photo by Kyle Pomraning. Full-size image
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

A mostly abandoned trail along (and sometimes in) Rattlesnake Creek that has been washed out in many places due to its numerous crossings of the creek. Continue reading

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Hiking Rattlesnake Trail

The Rattlesnake Trail follows the course of Rattlesnake Creek for 15 miles through the eastern side of the William O Douglas Wilderness. However, decades of neglect since designation of the wilderness in 1984 has left it in fragments that are at best overgrown and in many places no longer exist. The area near the trailhead is popular with backcountry fisherman (catch and release fly fishing only) but further upstream the trail sees very little traffic.

From the trailhead at the end of NF-185, follow a short path through the woods that connects to a well worn 4x4 track. Follow the 4x4 track for two miles to its end at the wilderness boundary. The 4x4 track can also be driven with a high clearance vehicle if so desired. The Rattlesnake trail begins at the wilderness boundary and immediately requires a ford of Rattlesnake Creek to continue that may be difficult in the spring and early summer. Excellent campsites abound near the wilderness boundary.

Head upstream on Rattlesnake Creek. Often the creek is the easiest path forward, meaning you're likely to have wet feet as you hike; wear quick-drying shoes. Old remnants of the trail are readily found and sometimes marked with flagging.

1.5 miles from the wilderness boundary Rattlesnake Creek meets the Hindoo Trail that accesses the eastern flanks of Mount Aix. This makes a good turnaround point for most folks but the hardiest of adventurers may continue upstream for another 10 miles to Indian Creek Meadows in the Tumac Plateau. This area is best enjoyed in mid to late summer when the constant fording of Rattlesnake Creek is pleasant in sandals and a swimsuit.

Hike Description Written by
Kyle Pomraning, WTA Correspondent

Rattlesnake Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.7956, -121.1009 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Naches head west on Highway 12 for 4.4 miles. Continue west onto Highway 410 for 8 miles and turn left onto Nile Rd. Follow Nile Rd for 1.4 miles then take a left onto road NF-1500.

Follow NF-1500 west for 7.5 miles, then take a right onto NF-1504 and follow it for 1.8 miles. Take a right heading downhill on NF-185 at a sign for Rattlesnake trailhead and follow NF-185 for 0.8 miles to a roundabout at the trail-head with parking for 6 vehicles. As of 2019 NF-1504 is washed out near the Mount Aix viewpoint, adding a 1.7 mile road walk.

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Trailhead

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

Rattlesnake Trail (#1114)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Naches Ranger District

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