Staunton SP

Staunton SP

Monday, July 30, 2007

Rattlesnake Gulch Trail, Eldorado Canyon State Park


Rattlesnake Gulch Trail
Eldorado Canyon State Park

Date Hiked: July 3, 2007

Distance: 2.4 mi (RT)
Elevation Gain: 1,033ft
Managing Agency: Colorado State Parks
Fee: Yes

Eldorado Canyon State Park Trail Map (CO Division of Wildlife)

Directions:  From Denver take I-70 West to Hwy 58 West.  Turn north on Hwy 93 and just before you reach South Boulder, turn left (west) on Eldorado Springs Drive.  Go through the town of Eldorado Springs and enter the State Park.  Follow the park's road to the Fowler/Rattlesnake Gulch Trailhead.

This hike is the premier hike in the Park, unfortunately, due to the 2013 floods, the trail has been largely washed away.  It is closed until they rebuild it, if they rebuild it...

The trail switchbacks up the easter slopes to the Continental Divide Overlook and the ruins of an old Hotel.  From here you get an amazing view down the canyon to Shirttail Peak and Eldorado Mountain.  The view is simply amazing, the rock formations forming the entrance to the canyon are iconic, and you get a glorious view of them from the entire trail.  The trail gains over 1,000 feet but the grade is steady making this a great moderate hike and the best way to experience Eldorado Canyon.

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