Rattlesnake Bar-Horseshoe Bar Trail

EASY 27 reviews

Rattlesnake Bar-Horseshoe Bar Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Newcastle, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.9 miles
288 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



horseback riding

trail running




wild flowers

The most obvious entry to the trail at the boat ramp parking is steep, washed out, and is hard to use. Another entry prior to boat ramp parking, at the horse staging area, will bypass the washout. Trail after that is mostly level and an easy, shady hike with picnic tables and wildflowers. Families and horses share. Horsemen were courteous when we stepped aside. Dogs primarily not on leash tho they were friendly. Pleasant hiking.

2 months ago

Overall not a horrible trail, highly traveled, stick to the upper part of the trail because the lower part has been washed out. Very dog friendly, the only thing I would recommend is watch out for the ticks. Pretty scenery, the only real negative thing that I could say is the people on horseback or not very courteous, And like to tie their horses up blocking the trail, not that that would be a problem, but most of them were turning towards us to kick because we had a dog. Something just to be aware of.

11 months ago

Gorgeous setting; very narrow in parts. Friend moved a baby rattler in the rocks off the trail.

nature trips
Monday, March 27, 2017

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. $12 fee.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The trail is currently washed out about a mile in.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Great beginners trail. Good if you have little ones. Nice section to walk across rocks for a nice picture

Monday, July 11, 2016

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.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Very green with lots of pretty flowers.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Beautiful trail. Extremely easy so kids will have no problems.

Friday, January 08, 2016

Great for training! Pretty, and great for running.

trail running
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

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.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

It's a really nice trail, especially nice for riding our horses,

Friday, January 20, 2012

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

Monday, August 15, 2011

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.

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