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Rattlesnake Creek Trail is a 14.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Brian Head, Utah that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 14.2 mi Elevation gain 3,572 ft Route type Out & Back
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A 4 mile 3,200 foot descent through the Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area to arrive at Rattlesnake Creek. Just north of the Cedar Breaks National Monument boundary is the trailhead for Rattlesnake Trail. A 4 mile (one way) 3,200 foot descent through the Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area to arrive at Rattlesnake Creek. When the summer sun pushes daytime temperatures above 100 degrees in the desert parks of Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon, cooler temperatures at 10,000 foot elevation make for a more enjoyable hiking experience. Rattlesnake Trail makes its descent along the Cedar Breaks National Monument amphitheater, offering short side trails to the rim for a peek at the colorful limestone pillars called hoodoos. Most of the trail consists of an alpine ecosystem and snow often stays in the shadows of the tall fur, spruce and aspen trees until late June / early July. The extra moisture, coupled with less heat, result in deep meadows filled with grasses and wildflowers. The views are fantastic, the air is cool and clean.

Know Your Limits! Safely hiking wilderness areas depend on your own good judgment, adequate preparation, and constant attention to your surroundings. Your safety is your responsibility. Plan Ahead: There is NO easy exit from Rattlesnake Trail! Make sure to plan your exit strategy, shuttle system and alternate exit strategy in event of emergency. Bug Spray! Fly's, nat's and mosquito's are common. Elevation! You are hiking at 10,000 feet, respect this fact and pay attention to any altitude sickness. You can expect to be winded, but any unexplained severe headaches should cause you to seek lower elevation immediately. This is a steep hike along an unmaintained trail. Side trails lead to the rim of a crumbling eroding amphitheater, keep away from the edge. Take plenty of water 2-3 liter (drink more at higher elevations)or water filtration system. Take plenty of energy snacks (I used twice my normal energy bars on this hike). Emergency bivouac gear is recommended. First aid kit. Camera!

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Ashley Alardi
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Hiking

Went point-to-point through Ashdown Gorge. Awesome trail! Lots of downhill. Great campsites near High Mountain Trail connection. Also saw some really cool spots in Ashdown Gorge itself. Might pick one of those next time. Be prepared for lots of rock hopping and wading if you do the gorge too, but it’s easily the coolest part of the trip. You could do this in one day but I chose to overnight. It was cold (35F) at night in mid September.

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Carter Quainton
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Hiking

The Rattlesnake trail is easily one of my favorite trails in the Dixie National Forest. The views are absolutely incredible, and you get a good variation of scenery throughout. This trail is as challenging as it is beautiful.The ascent from the creek can be grueling and one should consider the ascent when deciding how far to go. There are awesome camping spots by rattlesnake creek and access to the beautiful high mountain trail. I usually see few people on this trail and see lots of wildlife. Enjoy!

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Brighton Hayashida
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Hiking

Tough 13 mile down and back hike. Would be longer if you follow the creek into some cool looking slot canyon at the end

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Yelnick McGwawa
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No cell service and I had to climb over trees in the trail. The water was cold. The sun was hot. There were lots of shrubs that scratched my ankles, too. I'm sticking with shuttle service at Zion.

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Lorelle Hoyer
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Hiking

We did this late May. Very windy the day we did it and the descent caught our attention. We only went about 4/5 miles in before turning around. Unreal views of Cedar Breaks and saw some great camp sites. Looking forward to doing the whole thing sometime.

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Ash Starr
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Long day. Steep downhill for four miles. Water hiking after mile 7. Steep scramble to return to hwy 14.

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Em Pozernick
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Hiking

Super pretty views. Will definitely be back and connect with the Ashdown Gorge trail using shuttle car system.

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Liron Brish
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Awesome - so many different environments to explore and scenery galore. We made it only to the creek so pay no mind to our total time. Coming back up is tough. Be prepared for scrambling on fallen trees and some strong inclines. Saw squirrels, deer, horny toad, and a bunch of beautiful flowers and butterflies. Note - the actual trail and AllTrails red trail don’t match. Keep following the actual trail and the waypoints.

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Ken Hislop
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Courtney Allsop
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Craig Garcia
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Austin Delacarrera
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HikingRocky

If you’re looking to get away from tourists then I would recommend this trail. Perfect distance for a day hike and has plenty of breathtaking scenery.

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Joaquin Cornejo
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Backpacking

went all the way to the first crossing of rattlesnake Creek and spent some time in the valley then headed all the way back up, it was amazjng but I guess I broke my ankle haha I'll be okay though, amazing hike not a hike for beginners it's really hard on the nees down for sure! will do it again for sure !! Sunday, Aug, 26 2018

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Jeff Hicken
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We did this 12 mile hike over two days back in June and it was absolutely spectacular. The hike from the top down will certainly test your knees particularly if you are backpacking, but at the bottom where it connects to the river there are some beautiful little camping areas for an overnight stay. The hike out along the river is a little treacherous but awesome nonetheless. At the convergence of Rattlesnake Creek and Ashdown Creek you can hike up Rattlesnake Creek gorge to see the two really beautiful waterfalls. It is better to leave your packs hidden somewhere at the convergence and then just hike up Rattlesnake Creek. Be sure to bring a water filter and plenty of sunscreen.

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Shay Dye
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Skirts the Cedar Breaks area, goes through some beautiful Aspen groves, drops down into the river gorge. Also passes by flanigan arch, though a lot of people miss looking up and back at it. Long but so worth it, especially in the fall when the leaves are changing. Take two vehicles as this technically comes out on Cedar Canyon Hwy and is 12.6 miles one way... park one car at the end and one at the start.

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Kathleen Gilbreath
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Snowshoeing

Beautiful breathtaking views less than a mile from the trail head. Unfortunately there was a good 50"+ of snow and couldn't find the trail anymore. It's gorgeous in the summer as well!

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Jay Sorensen
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Backpacking

This is a fun hike that few people do and even less stay the night. The trail begins above cedar breaks and ends in highway 14. The total hike from peak to exit is about 12 miles. You descend rattlesnake creek trail for six miles until it connects with the ash down gorge trail. Once you reach ash down it is another 5-6 miles until you exit out at the landslide area in highway 14. Two things to note: 1. Taking two cars is a must. Park one at the top and one at the bottom so you don't have to hike out. 2. The ash down gorge trail goes through the river nearly the entire time. You will get wet up to your knees. It cannot be avoided. If backpacking Take 2 liters of water and a water filter. The two liters will last you to the base where you can filter from the river.

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Steven Thompson
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Walking through alpine meadows in the early morning. Deer on the trail. Sunrise over deep red, yellow and orange amphitheater. Hillsides full of wildflowers. Lush pines, and a cool mountain stream to soak your feet in at the end. What's not to love?

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Jennifer Le
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Aaron Hibler
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Kelsey Ott
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Shelley LeClere
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Jeff Morgan
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Kennedy Johnston
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Melissa Adams
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Kristina Sherman
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Lara Zenk
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Ryanne N
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Kirk Mundy
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