Hike #4 – Rattlesnake Ledge

Location: Rattlesnake Ledge

Date: Friday, April 25, 2014

Summary: Friday Morning Hike at a Popular Seattle Area Trail
Hyperlinks: WTA, Go-Northwest
Maps: Trail Map

Hike #4 – Distance and Elevation Gain Log

Distance This HikeElevation Gain This HikeCumulative DistanceCumulative Elevation Gain
BigA5.07 mi1381.18 ft10.24 mi2205.28 ft
Good-time Slim5.07 mi1381.18 ft10.36 mi2267.00 ft
Average5.07 mi1381.18 ft10.30 mi2236.14 ft

Hike #4 – GPS Track

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We both got Friday off from Work and hit the the Rattlesnake Ledge (Ridge) trail pretty early.  It was nice and cool with mostly light crowds at the start of the hike.  Was mostly quiet as we ascended the ridge, with a few people passing us going both up and down hill.  The clouds started to enclose on use as we got closer to the top, somewhat obscuring the views off into the distance.  However, it is always a cool feeling to be standing on top of something, looking down into a cloud!

There were quite a few people at the top when we got there, and a few larger groups joined as we sat and enjoyed the views for a while.  The descent down was uneventful, but definitely more traffic as we got closer to the bottom.  This is definitely a popular destination; one to enjoy at a non-peak time.

Hike #4 – Photo Locations

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Hike #3 – Paradise Valley

Location: Paradise Valley

Date: Friday, April 18, 2014

Summary: Just a short afternoon stroll in the forest
Hyperlinks: WTA, Snohomish County
Maps: Trail Map

Hike #3 – Distance and Elevation Gain Log

Distance This HikeElevation Gain This HikeCumulative DistanceCumulative Elevation Gain
BigA2.04 mi252.67 ft5.17 mi824.10 ft
Good-time Slim2.20 mi274.20 ft5.29 mi885.82 ft
Average2.12 mi263.44 ft5.23 mi854.96 ft

Hike #3 – GPS Track

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Sunlight illuminating BigA

Sunlight illuminating BigA

Good-time Slim pondering the forest

Good-time Slim pondering the forest

It was a nice afternoon to go for a hike at a place not to far from home. Paradise Valley fits the bill in terms of a park that gets us out into the woods and away from the crowds of the city, while not being far from home.

 

 

 

 

Emma sure looks good with her pack on

Emma sure looks good with her pack on

Forest undergrowth is nice and green here in Paradise Valley

Forest undergrowth is nice and green here in Paradise Valley

Another view of the Trail

Another view of the Trail

 

Hike #3 – Photo Locations

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Hike #2 – Saint Edward

Location: Saint Edward State Park

Date: Friday, April 11, 2014

Summary: Beautiful evening hike in along the shore of Lake Washington
Hyperlinks: WTA, State Park Website,
Maps: Trail Map

Hike #2 – Distance and Elevation Gain Log

Distance This HikeElevation Gain This HikeCumulative DistanceCumulative Elevation Gain
BigA1.96 mi404.76 ft3.13 mi571.43 ft
Good-time Slim1.92 mi444.95 ft3.09 mi611.62 ft
Average1.94 mi424.86 ft3.11 mi591.53 ft

Hike #2 – GPS Track

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This was Good-time Slim’s first trip to Saint Edward State Park and it was a great time to visit the park. It was nice and cool as we started down the ‘North Trail’ on the North side of the park, descending towards the shoreline of Lake Washington. The views of the lake along the ‘Beach’ trail are awesome, especially when visiting in the evening.

Saint Edward State Park

Shoreline Neighborhood from Saint Edward State Park

Saint Edward State Park

Lake Washington from the Beach trail at Saint Edward

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the picture above you can see the houses along the shoreline opposite Lake Washington from Saint Edward State Park. These houses are part of the East side of Seattle proper, and are most likely part of the ‘Shoreline’ Neighborhood. The shoreline of Saint Edward State Park is supposedly the only undeveloped shoreline around the entire lake, which is quite amazing.

Saint Edward State Park

Rocks along the Shoreline at Saint Edward State Park

Saint Edward State Park

Beginning of Sunset at Saint Edward State Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The State Park is near the North end of Lake Washington, placing it near the Kenmore Air Harbor, a world renown float plane airport. This means a fair amount of small aircraft traffic is seen above the lake from the park. As seen below, we snapped a few pictures of one of the planes as they were leaving Kenmore, headed to some other beautiful place in the Pacific North West.

Saint Edward State Park

Float Plane Above Lake Washington, Saint Edward State Park

Saint Edward State Park

Float Plane Above Lake Washington, Saint Edward State Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We finished the hike by going up the ‘Seminary’ trail, climbing back up the hillside to the trail head and parking lot. This was the first hike on the ‘Bike Hike’ Website where it felt like appreciable elevation was gained, although it is only a introductory prelude to the hikes to come.

Hike #2 – Photo Locations

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Hike #1 – Paradise Valley

Location: Paradise Valley Conservation Area

Date: Friday, April 04, 2014

Summary: Quiet and easy hike to act as the first hike recorded on the Big Hike Website

Hyperlinks:WTA, Snohomish County

Maps: Trail Map

Hike #1 – Distance and Elevation Gain Log

Distance This HikeElevation Gain This HikeCumulative DistanceCumulative Elevation Gain
BigA1.17 mi166.67 ft1.17 mi166.67 ft
Good-time Slim1.17 mi166.67 ft1.17 mi166.67 ft
Average1.17 mi166.67 ft1.17 mi166.67 ft

Hike #1 – GPS Track

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The kick off hike for the ‘Big Hike’ website occurred at the Paradise Valley Conservation Area. This first hike will be the starting point for all cumulative distance and elevation gain numbers referred to on the Big Hike Website. We have plans to cover lots of miles, both horizontally and vertically, and decided to make a website to log the distances for the word to see. Look forward to a post for each hike we complete, where we intend to described (at minimum) the location of the hike, date, mileage covered and vertical feet gained. For some hikes, additional information including trail reports, GPS logs, hiking journal entries, gear reviews, photographs, videos and more, will be posted. Check out our ‘About Us’ website to see more about BigA and Good-time Slim and what this Big Hike Website is all about.

Paradise Valley Conservation Area is our Go To park for a quick hike close to home. It features more than 10 miles of mixed use trails snaking through some nicely wooded forest land. The trails are mostly flat, but some terrain exists as you follow small forested ridge lines and weave through small foothills. There are a large variety of trees and an abundance of plant life to observe here, with enormous evergreen trees being a focus.

The picture here is a good size tree fallen across an unmarked trail in the park, with Good-time Slim is standing on top. Like usual on weekday afternoons and weekends, Paradise Valley had quite a few visitors this hike, but hiking some distance down ‘Hiking Only’ or other unmarked trails got us away from the crowds.