Rattlesnake Creek Trail is a 12.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Brian Head, UT that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.
A 4 mile 3,200 foot decent through the Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area to arrive at Rattlesnake Creek. Just north of the Cedar Breaks National Monument boundary is the trailhead for Rattlesnake Trail. A 4 mile (one way)3,200 foot decent through the Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area to arrive at Rattlesnake Creek. When the summer sun pushes daytime temperatures above 100 degrees in the desert parks of Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon; cooler temperatures at 10,000 foot elevation make for a more enjoyable hiking experience. Rattlesnake Trail makes it decent along the Cedar Breaks National Monument amphitheater offering short side trails to the rim for a peak at the colorful limestone pillars called Hoodoos. Most of the trail consists of an alpine ecosystem and snow often stays in the shadows of the tall Fur, Spruce and Aspen trees until late June / early July. The extra moisture, coupled with less heat, result in deep meadows filled with grasses and wildflowers. The views are fantastic, the air is cool and clean.
This is a fun hike that few people do and even less stay the night. The trail begins above cedar breaks and ends in highway 14. The total hike from peak to exit is about 12 miles. You descend rattlesnake creek trail for six miles until it connects with the ash down gorge trail. Once you reach ash down it is another 5-6 miles until you exit out at the landslide area in highway 14.
Two things to note: 1. Taking two cars is a must. Park one at the top and one at the bottom so you don't have to hike out.
2. The ash down gorge trail goes through the river nearly the entire time. You will get wet up to your knees. It cannot be avoided.
If backpacking Take 2 liters of water and a water filter. The two liters will last you to the base where you can filter from the river.
Walking through alpine meadows in the early morning. Deer on the trail. Sunrise over deep red, yellow and orange amphitheater. Hillsides full of wildflowers. Lush pines, and a cool mountain stream to soak your feet in at the end. What's not to love?