Two weeks ago I found myself once again in the Emerald City—Seattle. I didn’t plan on spending too much time in the city since I’ve visited before but rather explore outside the city into the great outdoors.
Luck for me I’m blog-friends with Brittany (check her out here) who just so happens to be an avid hiker in the Seattle-area. I’m also pretty lucky because she not only gave me great recommendations on places for new hikers to check out, but she also gave me FANTASTIC weather. Ok so that last one probably wasn’t all Brittany, but I’m giving her the credit anyway.
Seattle is pretty notorious for gloomy weather but much to my surprise and delight the sun was shining, the sky was blue and very few clouds were out. I was PSYCHED to get my hike on. After I got my car from the airport I headed up to Rattlesnake Ledge which is supposed to have some very beautiful views of the mountains and lake.
After a driving adventure and hunting down a parking spot my 4 mile hike began! First I will mention…I don’t have a single stitch of hiking gear but I do have some boots and a flannel so that makes me a hiker right?!
I’m not going to lie though…the hike was ROUGH! I struggle with hills running so it should come as no surprise hiking 2 miles uphill was not picnic for me. Luckily I was paid off with beautiful trails, adorable puppy dogs and wonderful cool weather.
It took me about 2 hours to get to the top of the first trail with the spectacular view. I did stop quite a bit to take photos as well as catch my breath. I climbed up the rocks and just sat and enjoyed the view for a bit. While the trail and rocks were extremely crowded I still found the hike very peaceful.
On the way down my legs were shaking the whole time but I made the trek down in about an hour. Just in time too because it was starting to get dark and I didn’t want to be out hiking alone at night no matter how many people were on the trail.
I’m so glad I took this adventure. Being out in nature rather than a bustling city makes me so happy. I hope next time I’m in Seattle I can find a new trail and get even better views! Thanks again Brittany!!!
CHIME IN!!! Have you been hiking before? Do you like the outdoors or city life? Where’s your favorite place to hike?