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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!
Mike H. on Rattlesnake Gulch Trail
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.