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Rattlesnake Gulch Trail

Intermediate
 4.3 (61)

A lollipop loop in Eldorado State Park.


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Map Key

2.3

Miles

3.7

KM

Point to Point

7,046' 2,147 m

High

6,111' 1,863 m

Low

934' 285 m

Up

329' 100 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Upper portion of the loop (above Hotel ruins and Continental Divide overlook) is often closed in spring/summer for raptor nesting.

Description

Park at the Fowler trailhead within Eldorado State Park. Start down the flat Fowler Trail a couple of hundred feet, and turn right onto the Rattlesnake Gulch Trail. This amazing lollipop loop takes you past the ruins of the Crags Hotel - once a thriving area for tourists that was easily accessed on the old train. This trail has nice views of the Continental Divide (from the Continental Divide Overlook) and the walls of Eldorado Canyon State Park.

Contacts

Shared By:

Dana Prosser with improvements by Charles Danforth

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  4.3 from 61 votes

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Photos

View from near the bridge.
Apr 14, 2016 near Coal Creek, CO
Rattlesnake Gulch Trail.
Oct 31, 2016 near Coal Creek, CO
Eldorado Canyon State Park-20
May 12, 2015 near Coal Creek, CO

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Jun 18, 2022
Tarita Fisher Boersma
Lollipop closed for raptor nesting. 3.5mi — 1h 33m
Feb 20, 2022
Dan Shanley
Hiked with Melissa's friend continental divide lookout 4mi
Feb 19, 2022
Jody Rae
Jan 17, 2022
Diane Collier
2h 00m
Dec 23, 2021
Gina G
Hiked with Pat, Dylan and Emily
Dec 5, 2021
Ari R.
Oct 8, 2021
Michael Feldman
Sep 24, 2021
Byron Alan
First time hike, but will definitely come back at some point. Trail is rough in most places, lots of sharp jutting rocks and loose gravel. Fairly s… 4.7mi — 2h 12m