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Rattlesnake Gulch Trail

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 3.3 (9)

A lollipop loop in Eldorado State Park.


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2.3

Miles

3.7

KM

Doubletrack

7,030' 2,143 m

High

6,074' 1,851 m

Low

956' 291 m

Up

319' 97 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Allowed

$4 State Park walk-in fee, $9 vehicle fee or Annual State Park Pass. There is no public parking from the end of the pavement to the entry gate, please respect the town of Eldorado and Eldorado Springs Pool by not parking on private property, you'll be ticketed!

Description

Rattlesnake Gulch is a short but steep lollipop located in Eldorado Canyon State Park. It is the only trail within the park open to mountain bikes. Because the connecting Fowler Trail from the Doudy Draw system is not open to bikes, riders must enter through the park gates and pay the $4/day park pass for riding in, or the $9 vehicle pass.

Note that parking fills up rapidly on the weekends.Please only park in legal spots in the park or at other South Boulder trailheads like Doudy Draw or Marshall Mesa. There is no legal parking in town or at the pool.

The trail itself is heavily hiked on the weekends. With an average grade of 10% over loose soil, it's a lung busting climb. The trail climbs more gradually in the counter-clockwise direction. While the trail doesn't offer the most exciting trail features, it does offer some great views of Eldorado Canyon and the Continental Divide.

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Shared By:

Wendy Sweet

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Perfect winter riding with hard packed snow.
Feb 12, 2019 near Coal Creek, CO
A view of the Continental Divide from the the old hotel ruins
Feb 12, 2019 near Coal Creek, CO
A section of wide, smooth tread on the Rattlesnake Gulch Trail in Eldorado Canyon State Park
Nov 30, 2016 near Coal Creek, CO

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Nov 11, 2020
Brandon Corkish
Jun 14, 2020
Marcus Norton
Just remind yourself that you get the rip down the trail after you go up and up and up and up for 40 minutes lol 4.3mi — 0h 58m
May 24, 2020
Irvin Chavez
Jul 9, 2017
Aaron Dix
2.9mi
Oct 16, 2016
Raúl Gross