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 best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Amazing views! Loved this trail and found it relatively easy to hike.
This is definitely one of my favorite hikes in Colorado. It's just hard enough to make you feel like you've accomplished something. The views are pretty amazing and the hotel ruins are just a fun historic aspect of it. Beware with out-of-towners, though, who aren't used to altitude - there is quite a bit of ascent and you'll be out of breath soon if you're not acclimated. Bring water!
This can get kind of crowded in the summer/fall so get here early to park ($8).
This was a great trail to hike. We took a few family memebers including the kids. ages 2-8. the 2 year old walked a bit but was carried mostly in a back pack. and the other 6, 7, 8 year olds did great.
Such a beautiful hike! Not too hard but just hard enough to push me. Met wonderful people & dogs :) definitely recommend it.
Nice challenging hike with pretty views. Icy in a few places but pretty easy to get around it. Went on a weekday morning and only passed a few people.
Nice hike on a very well-maintained trail with lovely views along the way. Elevation gain is nice and steady, definitely a workout with the right pace. My companion and I felt like there were more switchbacks than indicated on any map of this trail. Good trail for dogs too! Old railroad and hotel remains were cool, overall very satisfying!
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.