Rattlesnake Ledge is a hike close to North Bend, Washington (about 30 minutes east of Seattle). The trail is four miles round trip, and has about 1100 feet of elevation gain. It’s pretty steep at times, gaining about 100 feet in 1.5 miles. The expansive views at the top overlook the Cascade mountains, Rattlesnake Ridge, and Rattlesnake lake.
I’ve hiked this trail a few times, and I can tell it’s very popular. Last summer, I parked in this area to access the John Wayne Trail, and the parking lot to Rattlesnake Lake was packed. Although like most hikes in the area, if you hit the trail before 8:00 AM or you hike off season, the trails are much less crowded. Last winter, I hiked the trail on a sunny December day. The trail was not crowded at all, and the top was empty for a few minutes.
For more information see: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/rattle-snake-ledge