Rattlesnake Mountain is a 2.6 mile loop trail located near Montreat, North Carolina that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Length2.6 miElevation gain784 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsWalkingForestViewsWildlife
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This trailhead is located on Montreat College property, but is open for hiking.

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Rob Lombard
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Hiking

First part very icy gotta take it slow dries up and is a beautiful hike! Did it with 1yo in baby hiking pack, 7yo, wife, and Dog. Took 2.5hrs including a 20 min stop at the top.

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Evan Woodward
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Karen Barnes
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful hike after the snow. From the Lookout parking lot I took Rainbow Road to Old Mitchell and then up to the summit. The winter views were spectacular and the trail was easy to traverse. Saw only 2 other people even though it is a Saturday. I decided to go down the mountain on the Ridgecrest side and my husband picked me up at the conference center.

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Lee Greiner
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Ashley Oswald
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Hiking

Overall the trail was pretty great. The blazers need to be re-marked but the trails themselves are well-kept. Trailhead starts at Lookout Mountain Trail, follow that to Mt Mitchell pass, then down to rattlesnake summit. You can then either loop back the way you came or follow the rest of the trail back to the lookout intersection.

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Joe Lancaster
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HikingGreat!

Did Lookout rock first but if I had to do it again I’d do Rattlesnake then Lookout Mountain to Lookout rocks and back down. As mentioned in the Lookout trail reviews the short trail up to the rocks is pretty heavily trafficked and you’d only hit the crowds once on the way down. Great views from Rattlesnake and even a bench to sit on. Saw only two set of hikers once we got on Old Mitchell Toll road it’s quiet and pretty easy going with a short climb to the summit.

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Ann McLemore
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HikingGreat!Rocky

It’s a great, quiet trail once you leave the Lookout trail. We hardly saw anyone once we got on this part of the trail and the overlook point was beautiful. It connects to the Lookout Trail if you want to combine them. Would love to do again!

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Rebecca Gowan
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HikingGreat!

Pleasant, well maintained trail with nice views along the way as well as at the end. Like others have mentioned, it’s not clear which way to go at a certain intersection. Instead of continuing up the stairs (which will lead to Lookout), turn right.

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Keith Lowe
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Maegan Davis
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful trail that was not nearly as crowded as Lookout. I will definitely be back.

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Amanda Barina
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Hiking

beautiful trail with amazing views! quite steep at the end but well worth it.

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Yanna de Koter
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HikingGreat!

The trail was lovely!! A fairly easy hike, only steep right at the end. Definitely worth the incredible views at the top. Did the trail on a Tuesday and it was completely empty once you break off from the part of the trail that leads up to Lookout rocks

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Steve Holt
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Trailhead & entire hike is on private property of Montreat College and is free to use. Muddy, steep, & very busy to the overlook. After passing the overlook on to Rattlesnake & Copperhead Mnts we didn’t see a single person. Looped back via the Old Mitchell Toll Rd which is flat & broad. That turned it into a ~4.5 mile round trip.

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Belinda Lamm
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Hiking

Love all the trails at Montreat...went to college there many years ago & still able to revisit. Did this trail in conjuction with several others & of course the infamous Lookout Mtn trail....alot less traveled than the other connectors.

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Chris Tinsley
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Walking

Amazing views!

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Jennifer Spencer
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Hiking

Very well marked and maintained. One intersection could be better marked or you will end up at lookout mountain instead.

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Susan Donkle
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I’m not sure if we hiked the identical trail but made it to top and it was quite pleasant with beautiful views and very little traffic.

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Ned Donkle
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Very nice isolated trail. IDK why it’s marked as closed as there were no signs saying otherwise. You follow the lookout mountain trail until it intersects the Rainbow Loop and instead of continuing on Lookout, you go 10 yards straight though the woods to Old Toll rd take a left and follow the signs. There is no sign indicating Rattlesnake trail.

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William Brown III
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I hiked this trail with my 10 year old granddaughter and my 5 year old grandson. We had a great time and highly recommend the trail. We came face to face with a big black bear within the first quarter mile. The bear was on the trail at a switchback, so we didn't see it until we were within maybe 50 feet. The bear looked at me and moved on across the side of the mountain and away from our direction of travel. The last several hundred yards of the trail to the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain is more of a rock scramble/climb than a "trail", but that shouldn't be a hindrance to any reasonably competent hiker. The view from the summit were fantastic! Our plan was to continue from Rattlesnake to the Old Mitchell Toll Road Trail, then up the trail to the intersection of the Trestle Trail. However, within a quarter mile on the Toll Road Trail we encountered another big black bear. This time the bear came directly towards us, then went off the trail and into the woods. The bear began to circle back and come in our direction, so I assumed there was a cub somewhere close. We made a hasty retreat back down the trail, and backtracked to the Lookout Trail. As we had planned on doing the Old Trestle Trail in conjunction with this hike, we did an "out and back" on Trestle Trail instead of making a big loop. The hike was great, and the grandchildren enjoyed seeing the bears. We covered a little over five miles on our hike.

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marlene smith
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Jason Isler
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Mia Phillips
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Great trail for a moderate 2-hour hike with fantastic views!!!

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Julie Gamble Eichler
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

Lookout trailhead to Old Mitchell Toll Rd. Rattlesnake Summit was rocky & an amazing 360 view! Returned down from Rattlesnake toward Lookout Pt- another stunning view- then over the point. A VERY rocky, technical descent. Joined back up with Lookout Trail to the base. A beautiful day for a hike. Frozen mud on the way up and melted on the way down.

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