Rattlesnake Bar-Horseshoe Bar Trail is a 2.9 mile out and back trail located near Newcastle, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.
Beware (esp. parents with littles)...the trail is tricky to navigate given broken limbs/debris from the recent rains and most near the water becomes very dangerous as the water has carved out the cliffs below the trail. The area was gorgeous however....lots of spring blooms and butterflies. I'd recommend a nearby trek to Avery pond rather than this one for now.
The trail is currently washed out about a mile in.
Great beginners trail. Good if you have little ones. Nice section to walk across rocks for a nice picture
good easy trail as long as you take the high road. the lower trail is for advanced hikers and there is a lot of poison oak that can't be avoided.
Very green with lots of pretty flowers.
Beautiful trail. Extremely easy so kids will have no problems.
Great for training! Pretty, and great for running.
I ran this trail mid morning in October. It was painfully dry and hot. This would be a fabulous trail to run in the winter/spring.
Not a great trail. Really more or less of a horse trail. We saw 9 horses and riders along the trail but no other hikers. The trail was difficult to follow sometimes and difficult to tell where the Bars were and which ones were which. Given the drought the lake is very low. The trail is very narrow in places and full of weeded, dry stickers. The environment is very dry and provides little beauty. Given that there are so many other rewarding hikes in the area I would skip this one. Additionally, the parking area was closed off to cars so be prepared to add some extra time on both ways (up to 1/2 mile) each way but at least entry was free.
It's a really nice trail, especially nice for riding our horses,
Aside from the entry which is an annoyance, the trail itself is not too bad. The route is pretty flat and easy, so I would recommend it only for hikers starting out. If you have any level of fitness at all this won't be much of a challenge, but there some interesting things to see here and there along the way
You have to bring $10 cash to pay the incompetant ranger at the gate. Do not ask the taker of the $10 where any trail is located because they do not know anything about the park they work at. That said we found the wrong trailhead on a very hot day, we will try to find it again someday. There are no picnic tables and not much to do unless you have a boat.