KCEHC Trail Guide

King County Executive Horse Council

Rattlesnake Mountain

The "trails" for horses (and bicycles) on Rattlesnake Mountain are actually all old logging roads, as the footpath carved by various local trail organizations is for hikers only. That's fine, because the footpath is very steep. Between the logging roads and the powerline maintenance roads, there are still miles to ride that offer their own views. Note that ongoing or recent logging sometimes changes what roads are accessible.

The trailhead starts in Snoqualmie Point Park by the map near the restrooms; horses are permitted on the path until you reach the logging road intersection in a few hundred feet, then you'll turn left on the gravel road while the hikers go straight ahead. (A right turn takes you shortly back to a blue gate and the paved road you came in on, a possible alternative if the parking lot gate is closed.)

Current Status Notes



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To Snoqualmie Point Park: take I-90 east to Exit 27.  At the end of the off-ramp, go right and follow the road to the end.  Go through the gate on the right to enter the trailhead parking lot. Loop around the parking lot, the trailer parking is a wider spot on the opposite side from the restrooms. If the gate is closed and you have to park on the road, there is a gravel pathway starting next to the gate alongside the road up to the parking lot.


Length: many miles of old logging roads and powerline maintenance roads

Surface: gravel, occasionally quite rough gravel; not recommended for unshod horses

Share with: bicycles, hikers, dogs



Parking for: 3-4 trailers; more along the entry road if you're bold

Jurisdiction & Links

Snoqualmie Point Park belongs to the town of Snoqualmie:

Since this is a relatively new trail, not many maps are online, but the Green Trails map for Rattlesnake Mountain (purchasable at local hiking supply stores) should show the logging roads with fair accuracy. Some of the lesser-maintained trails on that map no longer exist, though.

King County Parks has added a downloadable "brochure" (including a map) for this park to their "Backcountry Trails Map Brochure Series."

History Notes

  • Not so long ago, Snoqualmie Point Park was the site of the Snoqualmie Winery, now located in Prosser, WA.