Rattlesnake Mountain West Peak by Taylor Mountain / 響尾蛇山西峯

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Rattlesnake Mountain West Peak by Taylor Mountain lies in the Raging River State Forest. It’s the second-highest point on Rattlesnake Mountain proper. Moreover, the ridge trail quickly reaches the peak off the beaten path.

Rattlesnake Mountain West Peak lower tower in the mists

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Rattlesnake Mountain West Peak at a Glance

Access: Rattlesnake Mountain Trailhead
Round Trip: 9.4 miles
Elevation Range: 1040′-3262′
Gear: none
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

Rattlesnake Mountain Trail

After yesterday’s trip with the dogs, I enjoyed some “me” time today. I arrived at the trailhead later than I’d liked, but being the first one here was surprising. Shortly, another car dropped off a hiker who started as I was getting ready.

The trail went from dry to slushy and eventually with continuous snow. I caught up to the other person and chatted before moving on. As it turned out, they had moved here from Boston and were about to move again.

Crossing the powerline clearcutting
Crossing the powerline clearcutting

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Rattlesnake Mountain West Peak

En route, the old tracks looked a few days old, at least since before the latest snowfall. It was much less enjoyable with the mists and the rain on top of the snowy weather. Then I was in continuous snow after going past Grand Prospect.

Before putting on snowshoes, I checked the terrain below east of Rattlesnake Mountain West Peak. The other hiker appeared and decided to press forward to Rattlesnake Ledge. I then dove into the powder and up the clearing.

No views from the summit
No views from the summit

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Summit Plus Exit

The dense mists didn’t offer views at the clearings as it started snowing again. I could hardly make out the lower towers until I was near the fences. From there, it was only several hundred feet to the windy summit.

Due to the poor weather, I hung around briefly before returning to the forest. I stopped at Stan’s Lookout to see the spotty views when the clouds dissipated. People soon trickled in when I reached the lower trail en route to the lot.

Mount Si from the trailhead
Mount Si from the trailhead

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