Rattlesnake Mountain is a 2.6 mile loop trail located near Montreat, North Carolina that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 784 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

hiking
13 days ago

The view was awesome! I agree with others that the trail between lookout and the toll road (which then connects to rattlesnake) is overgrown, though it’s not like you fight your way through the bush. Mostly flat after lookout too.

hiking
private property
rocky
16 days ago

A great hike. Pretty strenuous but worth it. The views are spectacular. If you go by this map, the trail is clear and passable.

hiking
16 days ago

We started on the Lookout trail and continued to Rattlesnake Summit and looped back to Lookout trail to get back to our car. The connection between Lookout and Rattlesnake was pretty overgrown, which was slightly uncomfortable to walk through. Views are beautiful and this trail was definitely less populated than Lookout trail.

hiking
bugs
scramble
2 months ago

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

beautiful views, and not crowded at all. we went up lookout mountain before connecting to the rattlesnake mountain trail, and it was very crowded. Rattlesnake is not crowded at all with equally beautiful views with gorgeous rocks to sit on and look out.

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

4 months ago

We had a fantastic hike today. Temperatures 80 with some wind. Moderately difficult steep incline up lookout trail to rattlesnake. Lots of stairs to climb. Good for your heart rate and leg workout. We enjoyed the 360 degree views from the peak.

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Completed this hike on 3/24/19, weather was sunny and mid 60s, no rain in the area over the past 5 days. Trail was very dry. The trail is very well kept, some new fencing appears to be going in. There are moderate elevation gains at the beginning and end, no worse than a few flights of stairs. The views at the top of rattlesnake mountain are amazing!! it's rocky at the top with some shrubs so you can see 360. We took the lookout trail on the way back and hit the other two peaks, but my opinion is rattlesnake was the best and had the fewest number of people. You will hit a good mix of sun and shade throughout the hike. There were a decent number of other hikers on the trail, some with dogs, but I wouldn't consider it crowded. 2/3 peaks we hit required minor rock scramble to see the views. There's plenty of parking at the trailhead, just the roads are a little tight. 10/10 would definitely do again (especially to see it when the vegetation grows in and the rhododendrons bloom, they are everywhere!)

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful overlook at the top! Didn’t see any other hikers once off of the Lookout route. Would definitely do it again!

recorded Rattlesnake Mountain

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

This is a lovely hike with beautiful views. I believe it rained all day yesterday. Therefore, the first part of this hike (Lookout Trail section with stairs) was decently muddy, but it did get drier further up the trail. Two trees were down- one you can go around and the other underneath. The first and last third of the hike has the most elevation gain, but the last bit to the peak is short and quick. When we reached the peak, we were grateful to be able to enjoy it to ourselves for a while until some other hikers (along with their adorable dogs) joined for sunset.

hiking
8 months ago

We hiked to Lookout Mountain first and connected to this trail. 360 views and not too strenuous. Better views than Lookout IMO. There were two trees down on the trail as of 1/1/19.

hiking
10 months ago

We’re late middle-agers in decent shape and found the first part of the hike tough on the knees without hiking poles. There were throngs of chatty people going up and down until we took the less traveled and gentler toll road, bypassing lookout. The top of rattlesnake was an easy rock scramble with great views and lots of secluded areas to hide away from the few others who summited and away from the interstate noise. Loved it!

hiking
10 months ago

Definitely the best of the summits in the nearby area above Montreat. (Hike to all of them while you’re up there.) Far fewer people than on the trails to the other peaks. Great view from the top.

hiking
10 months ago

I agree, the view from rattlesnake peak is even better than lookout. I missed the right turn to go directly to rattlesnake, and ended up doing the Rock scuttle all up to Lookout before continuing on to rattlesnake.So depending on what you want to do – to go directly to rattlesnake peak make a right turn on Old Trestle Road. It’s a four way intersection and very obvious about a third of a mile up Lookout Trail. You only need to walk about 30 or 40 feet and you’ll come to another intersection. Make a left hand turn on old Mitchell tall road trail. I think it was about a half or 3/4 of a mile it could’ve been more, but you will see a big sign for rattlesnake look out on your right. From there it’s about a half of mile. If you do what we did and go to Lookout first, continue straight after lookout point. You will come to an intersection after maybe five or 10 minutes, make a right on Hickory ridge Trail. Continue on Hickory ridge Trail, until you reach old Mitchell toll. Make a right, and going this way Rattlesnake Trail will be on your left. The whole loop took us about two hours As we took it easy going up and took plenty of time for pictures and enjoying the scenery. The total loop for us was 2.8 miles.

hiking
10 months ago

1 mile from the Lookout Mtn Summit. Nice views, fun hike.

hiking
Sunday, September 02, 2018

The lookout view is nice but the lookout trail is a highway of people. To avoid the crowds and bypass Lookout and get to the spectacular 360 deg view at Rattlesnake peak, when you get to the major trail intersection about 0.2 miles in, go to the right and get on Toll road trail. We never saw a single person and had the entire mountain top to ourselves. It was about a one hour hike to the peak.

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Great views from the top, but it’s worth going via the lookout trail as well- more challenging terrain but also great scenery. The old toll road part of the path is really easy going, if you’re looking for something less strenuous make sure you take the turn off from the lookout trail

hiking
Friday, July 20, 2018

I combined this hike with lookout mountain. Rattlesnake mountain is more beautiful than lookout mountain in my opinion. I genuinely enjoyed the solitude at the summit and the 360 views. It’s quite a strenuous hike when you come from the lookout side, but it’s the kind of hiking I love with some climbing on rocks.

hiking
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Not very long, but part of the Montreat trail system that traverses a few peaks. 360 views at the top. Seven Sisters Peaks to the north is the best view. Good view east with I-40 cutting through the valley, and west overlooking Black Mountain.

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Load More

Featured Trails