Rattlesnake Point

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Rattlesnake Point brings back old memories.

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I had worked for the Forest Service in this area, and had years ago hiked part way to Rattlesnake Point. I remember the area fondly.

When Tom suggested that today we go to the summit, I was all in. We met in Banks per usual, and under sunny skies parked at the expansive trailhead. The highpoint on the left is near our summit.

Trailhead

It wasn't really all that early, but you start on the shady side of the ridge. This is looking into Silver Creek.

And the start is quite steep, waking our legs with a jolt.

Trailhead

But then the angle moderates nicely. Like with other ridges in the area, that are lots of granitic outcrops.

Trailhead

Good trail makes for good conversation. After about 1000' of gain, you are on top of the ridge, cruising.

Trailhead

Much of the ridgetop is old burns.

Trailhead

We took our time, admiring the views and doing some trail work. We focused on smaller stuff and clearing tread. There is still mare than a handful of trees down and buck brush over the tread. But overall, a nice trail all the way to the top.

Trailhead

That's more or less our summit. Just a bit of snow left.

Trailhead

Summit.

This summit seemed to invite a long lunch, we we greatly enjoyed.

Trailhead

Looking north. This view includes the rock we tried to climb last week.

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And this is west. A few puffy clouds, but nothing like the predicted 50% POP.

We briefly discussed doing another hike in the area before heading home, but I was happy to have an 'easy' day.

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Map

Trailhead

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