Friday, 9pm at the bar:“Should we do a hike for sunrise?”
** 30 seconds later **
“Yeah, sure. Why not?”
Saturday, 3:00am in my bed: This was a mistake, I cannot leave this warm place. I refuse to move.
Saturday, 3:20am in my bed: If it takes me 1 minute to get clothes on, 2 minutes to get food together, 1 minute to pack a bag, and I pee for 30 seconds, then I can get out of bed at precisely 3:24am.
Saturday, 3:35am and still in bed:UGGGGGHHH.
Saturday, 6:00am on top of a mountain: Alright, it was worth it.
We ambitiously set out to chase the sunrise, but of course we over slept and ended up having to powerwalk up the mountain, yet by some small miracle, we impressively made it up in 35 minutes. Although it was tough getting out of bed, especially after entering it only 3 hours previously, I have to say it was definitely worth it.
As far as hikes in Washington go, Rattlesnake Ledge is easily a fan-favorite, which is why I typically avoid it at all costs; everyone knows it, everyone has hiked it. It’s close to Seattle, fairly easy to hike, and offers fantastic views – what’s not to love? All this is basically to say that it is busy, busy, busy. As in, you will pass by a hundred people – minimum – when going up and down, often in large groups and blasting music. For me, it’s not super ideal, but it’s close to Seattle (which is close to my bed), and for sunrise that day, distance between duvet and mountaintop was about all that I was concerned with. Luckily, not quite as many people go early in the morning because, unlike myself apparently, they are sensible and remain asleep during the wee hours of the morning. All in all, it was a gorgeous day – even alongside all 927 people (and kudos to all of them for getting up to witness nature at its finest!).
Mileage:4.0 miles (RT)
Elevation: 1160 ft
Area: North Bend
And to celebrate our early morning efforts, a ginormous cinnamon roll requiring a steak knife to cut it.