Sparkly snow in the sun!

Snowy Rattlesnake Mountain Double Traverse – NYE

Rattlesnake Mountain.  Well-know to most Seattle-area trail runners.  It’s a great playground for trail runners of any ability.  For beginners, the simplicity of the route (no intersections with other trails) makes it unintimidating.  For the advanced, the climbing involved makes it a great place to do work.  On this New Years Eve, I was just there for the snow.

The Route

I started at Snoqualmie Point Park, and took the Rattlesnake Mountain Trail the whole way over to Rattlesnake Lake.  Simple.  And then went back. Twice as much simple.  About 20 miles and just over 6000 feet of climbing.  The north half of the mountain was packed with snow, making for a fun challenge and a different landscape than the usual summer runs.

Not much to this one!  Just work and fun.  On to the pictures.

The Sights – A Whole Lotta Snow

 

The snow started getting good just about a mile from the trailhead.
The snow started getting good just about a mile from the trailhead.
A COLD morning, but a beautiful one.
A COLD morning, but a beautiful one.
Si, Teneriffe, and the rest of the Snoqualmie Valley from the Grand Prospect viewpoint.
Si, Teneriffe, and the rest of the Snoqualmie Valley from the Grand Prospect viewpoint.
Lots of snow at the East Peak!
Lots of snow at the East Peak!
Sparkly snow in the sun!
Sparkly snow in the sun!
The traction tires (Microspikes) helped, but oh so heavy!
The traction tires (Microspikes) helped, but oh so heavy!

GPS Map

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