Rattlesnake Gulch Trail

MODERATE 104 reviews

Rattlesnake Gulch Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Eldorado Springs, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.5 miles 1009 feet Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
15 days ago

Great hike, but very icy after snow. Bring the right shoes!

hiking
26 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

Great hike, but note that it's really about 5 miles total if starting from the parking lot area. Maybe I didn't read enough of the reviews, but I thought the loop, as well as the out and back to/from the loop would be 3.5 miles total. I still enjoyed it and there definitely are beautiful views. Was 8 bucks to get into the park, and starting at about 3pm on a Friday it was not crowded at all. TIP: Don't put the parking sticker on your windshield... it's one of those annoying paper stickers that leaves a ton of paper and residue on your windshield when you try and take it off.

27 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

28 days ago

Great hike. Very beautiful with a view of the continental divide. Be prepared to pay a fee and wait in line to enter the park. Arriving early is advised.

hiking
30 days ago

great views. second time on trail

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely a moderate hike in that it has enough ascent on the way up to make you feel like you are working, but not all out strenuous. Parking can be tough due to how crowded the park gets. Once you cross the park boundary from town, drive a few minutes in then park on the side of the road where you see spots because the trailhead will be right there (you don't need to drive all the way to the visitors' center).

hiking
1 month ago

Did the hike yesterday. A good short hike. Took me about 2 hours including a break. Ran into a few people but not enough to make it crowded. Ascent got blood pumping. Excellent views and the Continental Divide lookout is a nice place to stop for a bit.

1 month ago

Rocky and a bit steep but has good flat parts too. Not too long so it's good for a lot of levels. Beautiful views the whole way.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views! I've hiked here twice and it's been very crowed both times, although less so in the morning. Fairly consistent incline but not overwhelming, levels out between the old hotel and continental divide outlook.

1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike for how close it is. Beautiful rock structures and some cool ruins from an old hotel that used to be up there.

trail running
2 months ago

A little crowded when I went, but gorgeous views!!

hiking
2 months ago

The afternoon rainstorm was a bit of a surprise but still led to a great hike. As others have mentioned I highly reccomend the short extra distances to see the railroad and the continental divide overlook. The trail is a steady, moderate slope almost the entire time, but the trail was very well maintained making it an very enjoyable trek.

2 months ago

Beautiful blue birds, the train and the Continental Divide overlook were highlights. The views were
amazing, and it was cool to watch the climbers. The loose rocks can be a little slippery heading down though; it was like walking on marbles in places. Wear good shoes!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Really beautiful hike. Lots of wooded, shady parts of the trail, with great views all around. Loved it! Was a bit windy at the top so make sure to layer up on colder days. It will be warm in the sun and chilly in the forest parts and at the Divide.

hiking
2 months ago

Visited this trail in the spring and got chased out by a storm. We were able to make it to the hotel ruins and Continental Divide overlook. I would absolutely recommend this trail. I would also recommend researching the history of the hotel before going, it makes it that much better!