Rattlesnake Gulch Trail to Crags Hotel Ruins and Continental Divide Overlook

MODERATE 1252 reviews

Rattlesnake Gulch Trail to Crags Hotel Ruins and Continental Divide Overlook is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back 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.

Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 958 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Please note: users have reported that the loop portion on the southern side is temporarily closed due to Golden Eagle nesting. Hikers can still hike out-and-back to the Continental Divide overlook. The entire trail is beautiful with views of the canyon and eastern plains that lead up to the historic Crags Hotel ruin which burned down in 1912. The sign with history of the hotel at the ruin site is definitely worth a read. The trail “ends” with a stunning view of the Continental Divide which has a lovely sitting-area to catch your breath and collect yourself before heading down. This trail is not too steep, but a nice, undemanding incline. The way down can be a little slippery due to dust and rocks. This is one of the few trails you can hike in the middle of the day and not be drained by the heat due to the numerous shaded sections. There is only one, slightly confusing section of the trail. When you approach the bridge there is no signage to tell you to veer right over the bridge.

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icy
8 days ago

Still some snow and ice today. But awesome views and great half day hike. We even included the 1 mile loop.

Very easy trail. Even though it’s about 1000’ elevation gain the terrain is a very steady slow uphill climb. Gorgeous views. Lots of climbers out on the rock face as you enter the park. Close to Boulder and was pleasantly surprised at what we discovered here. Great easy afternoon 2 hour hike.

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rocky
29 days ago

Great, easy hike with beautiful views. Does require $9 entrance fee into the park and parking is limited. Busy trail and some narrow spots for less experienced hikers, (which there seem to be a lot of). Took our pup and had to leave him on his leash due to how busy it was.

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1 month ago

Beautiful views. Definitely recommend. It is $9 to park. The road to get to the entrance is very rocky our car was bouncing everywhere so be prepared.

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rocky
1 month ago

Everything you could ask for with a Colorado hike; Great views, people rock climbing everywhere, good amount of parking, and always friendly people. Could be somewhat of a difficult hike for some people as it is an incline almost the whole time, well worth it though. Great views!

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rocky
1 month ago

I love this trail. Just challenging enough to get your heart rate up at the beginning. The views of the Continental Divide are so pretty! Pretty rocky and at times narrow coming down but very doable.

My three year old climbed up most of the trail fairly easily. Had to carry him over the rocky areas and downhill. Beautiful easy trail.

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rocky
1 month ago

Excellent hike! Well marked. Moderate is accurate. Beautiful overlook of continental divide. To make it even sweeter, got engaged at the top!!

Definitely a good moderate hike. Beautiful view at the end and good views throughout. Also a lot of shade which is nice on hot sunny days. Been on this trail twice now!

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rocky
1 month ago

The trail has a lot of shade cover even in the afternoon. It is a steady uphill. Some places are a little steeper than others but there weren't really any good breaks to let your legs recover until the too. Although it's rocky, there aren't large boulders to scramble over. Entry fee to the park is $9/car.

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2 months ago

Nice views pretty much the whole way. There were some areas going down hill with a lot of loose rocks. We got there a little before 9AM and there were plenty of spots left, by the time we left around 12:30 the lot was packed. Overall good hike.

nice gradual incline... lots of shady parts for sunny day, go past entrance for parking

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2 months ago

Great views and a couple good stop offs along the trail. A little rocky and some loose gravel in some areas, slightly challenging, but overall a great trail with beautiful views of the canyon!

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rocky
2 months ago

Hiked on 9/5/19 on a warm day but thankfully mostly in shade and some later clouds. Parked at main entrance then walked up road about 1/2 mile to Fowler/Rattlesnake Gulch trailhead. Then proceeded up to Crags Hotel site going over bridge on the way. From there to Continental Divide overlook with great views and sitting area. Then back a short distance to go up loop trail. On the loop, there is a pathway to railroad track and tunnel overlook although there is signage warning of trespassing beyond that point. Finished loop and returned to parking area. Trail is a mix of smooth and rocky loose areas. Overall not too difficult. Covered about 6 miles in little under 4 hours including lunch. Overall a good scenic hike especially with the cliffs and rock climbers in action.

Great trail with lots of shade. Fairly busy with lots of people and dogs.

Had a fantastic time on this trail today. Got to the park around 8 and hiked up to the trailhead from the park entrance. It's a steady incline but not too steep the whole way up. Really cool points of interest like the old hotel (just an old fireplace and a plaque for info is left) and the Outlook. And great views the whole way up. Probably would rate a little harder than moderate, my crew didn't have any issues with it but we passed some others who seemed to be struggling.

Hiked this morning. Arrived at 7:30 (Monday) and I was the 3rd car. There isn’t a lot of parking here, maybe 10 spots total? Then if you continue another 50 feet there are another 8 or so spots just out of view of the Trailhead. I think the closure information about the golden eagle nesting is out of date, we did the loop portion no problem. Nice trail, fun to have points of interest along the way. Good shade. If you continue on the road and cross the bridge there is a nice Visitor Center, picnic areas, and bathrooms.

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2 months ago

Hiked this trail today with my small dog. We started at about 9:30. The trail was mostly shady and in great shape. Lots of good views. By the time we got up to the Continental Divide and were coming down it was getting trafficked. School kids on trips etc. Go early and enjoy! Bring water.

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2 months ago

Loved this trail! Great views the entire way, shade, perfect distance for a good workout without taking the whole day.

I forgot to start All Trails until halfway done. Great hike. The view is amazing

Spectacular views! Shaded. Wear hiking boots if you’re worried about rocks. Parking is tough so come early.

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