Rattlesnake Gulch Trail

MODERATE 690 reviews

Rattlesnake Gulch Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked loop 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
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
961 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

snow

hiking
1 day ago

gradual climb with very nice views at the top. **the loop is currently closed through mid July for eagle preservation.

This is a moderate hike with amazing views along the way. There’s a great spot to view the Continental Divide at the top.

hiking
8 days ago

Probably my favorite hike in Colorado if I want to show people. The only hike I don’t mind repeating, since I enjoy a new hike every time. This one has some cool history of the hotel ruins. Views of the continental divide west, views of the plains to the east. Train track/ tunnel which is easily accessible but not suggested as it is considered trespassing. Even some fun easy rocks to climb on up at the top.

Wonderful trail. The overlook view was great. Moderate traffic.

hiking
14 days ago

Unfortunately the loop is closed off due to a habitat preservation initiative, but the partial hike has some good views and the Overlook itself is stunning. Just note it's a moderately steep and rocky ascent. It would've been nice to go around the loop to see a different vantage point, but at least it will reopen in mid-July.

16 days ago

Great hike! easy and the scenery was beautiful from start to finish. Highly recommend!

18 days ago

one of my favorite trails. however the loop is closed until July 15th 2018, so you can only go up to the continental divide lookout.

hiking
29 days ago

Hiked this along with Fowler. Compared with that flat, dirt trail, Rattlesnake is moderate. The grade is steep and monotonous but it’s well marked and footing is good.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike with great views.

1 month ago

Great hike, very steep to start and there was a lot of loose rock but once you gain the elevation it levels out and is very beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail to hike! Beautiful views all the way up. Steady incline from the get go but easy hike overall.

1 month ago

love this hike as it is a quick getaway with beautiful views, steady Incline but surprised it is rated as moderate I would call this easy.

1 month ago

$8 per car so bring friends. Beautiful hike. The top part of this trail is closed until July 15, 2018 but you can still hike to the continental divide view.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike 04/20/2018. Before getting to the entrance of the park, you drive very slowly through unpaved dirt road not leveled at all. The entrance to the park is $8 per vehicle. Once you enter the park the bathrooms are right at the entrance, no more bathrooms after that. The park is breathtaking. The hike is through canyons, steady incline going up, no climbing over rocks or difficult obstacles. I would rate this easy if you get tired just take more breaks. There is also a trail called Fowler Trail you can do after this hike. Fowler is a super easy trail, the views are amazing, plenty of places for pictures.

hiking
2 months ago

I loved all the different colors and scenery on this hike. Lots of different plants and flowers. The beginning of the trail was probably the hardest and strongest incline, after that it's fairly flat. There was some snow when I went and certain areas were kinda slippery so be mindful of the weather. Beautiful trail.

2 months ago

Good gradual incline! Great views and not very heavy traffic!

2 months ago

Crowded today. Steady hike up to the ruins. The views were good. I guess one can easily be spoiled by Colorado's other scenic vistas, but neat none the less if this is your first time. Patches of snow and ice on the trail; quickly melted by the afternoon.

hiking
2 months ago

I was just glad to see the trail was open this time of year. A lot of places in this area are closed due to the mud. Some of this trail was closed off due to the season, but it was still worth going. We liked that there was snow sporadically along the trail which made it a little more challenging with just sneakers on. I read reviews talking about the limited parking, but the gate keeper said that they let people know when it’s full which was comforting. We got lucky and got to park by the trail we wanted to go on, but you may not get as lucky as we did. Overall, we will definitely will be doing this one again to experience the entire trail during season.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views all along the trail and the continental divide was gorgeous. A gradual incline all the way up, and a rocky trail which we loved.

hiking
2 months ago

TRAIL CLOSURE INFO: This trail is only open to the continental divide overlook and back. The top loop portion is closed thru July 15.

Only small sections of icy trail were tricky, primarily near the beginning of the hike. It was definitely doable without spikes or poles. $8 entry fee to the park. Only about 8 parking spaces at the TH, but more parking at the bottom and top of the canyon with occasional spots along the road.

hiking
3 months ago

Fun trail! Nice views looking east through the Gulch. I took the short trail from the Hotel Ruins to the Continental Divide Viewing area. Short hike between those two points. There was a nice, steady incline all the way up.

hiking
3 months ago

An absolutely beautiful trail. We took it up to the Continental Divide Outlook. The views are amazing. There were a few icy patches but nothing to difficult to get through in normal hiking shoes.

3 months ago

Great views! Definitely recommend bringing spikes for some areas.

hiking
3 months ago

A great way to spend the afternoon. Took us about 3 hours. Great spot to see some foundation ruins from the hotel and nice views of the continental divide. Rock climbers all around. Super close to Boulder/West Arvada

3 months ago

Great hike with beautiful views and not too challenging. The trail was quite icy in a lot of spots. I recommend bringing your crampons.

3 months ago

Good hike on some packed snow. Gorgeous views! This is my second time doing this trail and it was just as fun the second time.

hiking
3 months ago

This was a great little hike out in Eldorado Springs. Since it’s a state park it’s an $8 entry fee, but totally worth it! There was a good little incline throughout the hike, but overall relatively easy. When up there, you can go off the trail a little and see the Continental Divide.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Well maintained trails. Great views right after the recent snow fall. Only saw 2 other people

4 months ago

awesome views, can be quite icy and slick. bring traction.

hiking
4 months ago

Made this trail for the first time this morning. It was a bit chilly (15 degrees) with a light snow...was scenic. There was some moderate ice on the trail in places. I didn't need my Yaktrax Pros on the uphill climb, but they worked well on the return going downhill. Looks like you need to use the correct Yaktrax...seems mine were the correct ones.

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