An abundance of nature's wealth lies here in the Evergreen State. But there's something about emerald-blue waters that leaves us awestruck and inspired. And a hike to Washington's Rattlesnake Ledge will bless you with the sights of the bluest lake you can imagine and some of the best views the state has to offer.\nThe Rattlesnake Ledge Trail in North Bend, Washington is an intermediate hike, with a substantial elevation gain of 1,469 feet. It is a 5-mile roundtrip, and a popular one, so we recommend starting early in the morning or picking a weekday to avoid the crowds (and to snag a good parking spot).\nThe path to the Ledge is open year-round and there are no parking or permit fees.\nThe walk from the trailhead gives you a snapshot of the beauty that lies ahead. — A therapeutic sight of the blue lake, kayakers on a good-weather day and ducks floating by.\nThe walk is mostly easy and spent under the shade of lacy ferns. The final stretch of this journey takes you to a large rock that you need to scramble onto.\nView this post on Instagram Short hike. Amazing view. Tons of squirrels. I even gave a little squirrelbro an almond. 🤘 A post shared by Asa. (@aceeuhh) on Nov 9, 2019 at 4:18pm PST\nBreaking that sweat is totally worth what awaits you. — A breathtaking panorama of forest-clad mountains and the bluest of waters.\nSince the reflection of the trees is what adds the emerald color to the waters, it's best to go on a sunny day to make the most of it. This spot also gets snowfall in the winter.\nView this post on Instagram Life becomes more meaningful when you realize the simple fact that you’ll never get the same moment twice #justsaying ✌🏼 A post shared by Ma. Fernanda (@mafferpicazo) on Jun 19, 2019 at 11:12pm PDT\nThe cliff is open-faced and steep. The rocks have deep crevices and can make footing uneasy, so remember to wear shoes with a good grip and to watch your step!\nYou can take your time breathing in the vista and grabbing a snack from your backpack at this point. Pets on leashes are also allowed on this trail. Just remember to pick up the trash after you so others can enjoy the beauty too.\nFrom majestic waterfalls and stunning state parks to the most picturesque drives, the Evergreen State, true to its name, has got them all. And this little gem has the pride of place on that list.\nView this post on Instagram A total stranger took this photo of me and then asked if she could send it to me saying, “you looked so at peace up there.” Rightly so, my thoughts from up there consisted of me realizing I’m just trying to chase after what God has for me and search after why I’ve been planted on this earth. It comes in waves- knowing my purpose and then feeling totally lost in this world. But at the end of the day I know my God is directing my path and laying the blessings out before me, and being here in the midst of His great creation, I am reminded of that promise. -thoughts from solo hiking A post shared by Julia Collier (@julia.collier) on Oct 30, 2019 at 9:08am PDT\nRattlesnake Ledge Trail\nDifficulty: Intermediate\nLength: Approx. 5-miles roundtrip\nAddress: North Bend, WA 98045\nWhy you should go: This rewarding hike will lead you to the edge of a cliff for a panoramic view of rolling hills and the bluest of waters.\nWebsite\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming at/visiting Rattlesnake Ledge & Ridge, you check the most recent updates on potential safety hazards, security, water quality, and closures. The ledge is steep and has led to incidents in the past. If you do plan to visit the location, respect the environment and stay safe.