Rattlesnake Gulch Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Eldorado Springs, Colorado 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.
dogs on leash
Just got back. This is the second time on this trail and its still one of my favorites. Be warned, this trail involves a heavy amount of ascent. The trail is almost exclusively switchbacks with a step grade at times. As others have mentioned, if you can hold out till the end there will be fantastic views which make you forget about the trail up. Today the trail had between 4-6 inches of snow covering some ice. I made it without traction devices but snowshoes or micro-spikes would have made it much easier. Take water, take breaks, and enjoy!
The trail is great for all moderate to low key skill levels, and getting to the top is so worth the views. It was really icy yesterday when we went, so yak traks or some kind of anti-slipping device on your shoes and maybe even hiking poles would be a great idea! Lots of dogs, lots of fun!
Love this park. Trail is nice, not too long, not too short.
Great hike, but very icy after snow. Bring the right shoes!
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.
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.
great views. second time on trail
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).
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.