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Rattlesnake Ridge
Rattlesnake Ridge is one of a handful of classic Seattle hikes, primarily because the view from the top (which looks out over Rattlesnake Lake) shows off the photogenic Northwest in all its green, blue, and gray splendor. At 4 miles round trip, the hike itself is not particularly technical, either (though anyone traveling with kids or dogs should exercise caution as you get close to the top, so littles don't get too close to the steep cliffs on the ledge). On the way up, you'll wind through leafy, mossy forest to a series of switchbacks that don't feel so difficult when you're on them, but add up to a major gain in elevation. Once you make it out of the trees, you'll come to an exposed, rocky area with views in every direction. Photos: Abhinaba Basu