Best Hiking Trail: Rattlesnake Ridge Trail

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Located a little more than an hour’s drive outside of Seattle is the Rattlesnake Ridge Trail, heavily trafficked by local hikers for good reason. After a quick two miles, hikers are treated to an astounding perspective of the Pacific Northwest from atop Rattlesnake Ledge: commanding views of Mount Si, Mount Washington, Rattlesnake Lake, Chester Morse Lake, and the Cedar River watershed. The Ledge is, as its name suggests, a cliff with a sheer drop, so be careful. North Bend, Wash.

First runner-up: Mount Si

Second runner-up: Poo Poo Point

Honorable mention: Burke-Gilman Trail, Cougar Mountain

Read about the rest of the Best of Seattle Reader Poll winners here. If you didn’t get a chance to vote this go-round, make sure your voice is heard next year. Email us at and we will let you know when nominations open for BoS 2017.

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