Overview

Trail Condition: Class 0 (Trail is paved. No elevation gain.)

Fees: None

Recommended Ages:

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Recommended Months to Visit:

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Features: Not Technical, Waterfalls, Appropriate for Scouts,

Links: ZionNational-Park.com
Cedar and Sand

Hype:

The Rattlesnake Creek Trail starts at the north end of Cedar Breaks and ends at the top of Ashdown Gorge. This trail passes through the Ashdown Gorge Wilderness of Dixie National Forest and portions of Cedar Breaks National Monument. Along the trail are views of Cedar Breaks, forests, meadows, and Rattlesnake Creek.

Route

After about 20 minutes of hiking, you'll come to a fork in the trail. The left fork goes to an overlook of Cedar Breaks. The right fork is the main trail.

Then about 5 minutes later is another fork in the trail. Once again, the left fork led to an overlook, and the right fork is the main trail. Pretty much the entire trail is down hill. There are a few spots where is gets a little steep.

After about 1.5 hours, you'll come to Stud Flat. After hiking through Stud Flat, you'll come to a bunch of switchbacks. At the bottom of the switchbacks, the trail comes to Rattlesnake Creek.

From here, the trail crossed over Rattlesnake Creek.

In a few more minutes, you'll reach the trail junction with the High Mountain Trail. The sign at this location says that it is 4 miles back to Cedar Breaks. However the sign is wrong. It is almost exactly 5 miles to this point.

Take the left to continue on the Rattlesnake Trail across Rattlesnake Creek.

If you were to continue down Rattlesnake Creek for a few hundred feet, you would end up standing at the top of Rattlesnake Creek Falls. You could then potentially rappel down Rattlesnake Creek Falls and shave off 2.5 miles of the trail. However, I wouldn't recommend this strategy because you would miss an awesome section of upper Ashdown Gorge.

After crossing Rattlesnake Creek, the trail then climbs up and over the ridge to the south. This is the only real uphill section of the trail, but it's not bad at all. Rattlesnake Trail then drops down into Ashdown Creek.

This is essentially the end of the Rattlesnake Creek Trail. From here, most people choose to continue down Ashdown Gorge (3 miles). However, if the weather is bad, you could you also return back to your car the way you came (6.6 miles). Or you could take the Potato Hollow trail to Crystal Springs (3.9 miles).

Maps

Closest City or Region: Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area

Coordinates: 37.662617, -112.838013

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Printable Maps

Rattlesnake Creek - Ashdown Gorge Map

June 13, 2015 Trip Report

By Jeremy Dye

Trip Members

Jeremy Dye, Tara Dye, Anthony Dye, Ondylyn Wagner,

Pictures

August 10, 2013 Trip Report

By Jeremy Dye

Trip Members

Jeremy Dye, Jake Bearnson, Elijah Wagner, Dylan Prince, Reese Barnes, ,

Logistics

We started our hike a couple minutes before 9:00. 

We finished this section of our hike by 1:15, a little less than 4.5 hours after we started.

Story

We hiked the Rattlesnake Creek Trail to Ashdown Gorge as part of our August Scout camp out.

After about 20 minutes of hiking, we came to a fork in the trail. The left fork goes to an overlook of Cedar Breaks. The right fork is the main trail.

Then about 5 minutes later was another fork in the trail. Once again, the left fork led to an overlook, and the right fork was the main trail.

Pretty much the entire trail is down hill. There are a few spots where is gets a little steep.

After about 1.5 hours, we reached Stud Flat. After we hiked through Stud Flat, we came to a bunch of switchbacks. At the bottom of the switchbacks, the trail comes to Rattlesnake Creek.

We were slightly confused at this point, because we were under the impression that the trail stayed on the east side of Rattlesnake Creek. However, the trail does cross over Rattlesnake Creek at this point.

We stopped for lunch around noon. At this point, we had gone almost 5 miles in a little over 3 hours.

After lunch, we hiked the remaining hundred yards to the trail junction with the High Mountain Trail. The sign at this location says that it is 4 miles back to Cedar Breaks. However the sign is wrong. It is almost exactly 5 miles to this point.

We took a left and continued on the Rattlesnake Trail across Rattlesnake Creek.

If you were to continue down Rattlesnake Creek for a few hundred feet, you would end up standing at the top of Rattlesnake Creek Falls. You could then potentially rappel down Rattlesnake Creek Falls and shave off 2.5 miles of the trail. However, I wouldn't recommend this strategy because you would miss an awesome section of upper Ashdown Gorge.

After crossing Rattlesnake Creek, the trail then climbs up and over the ridge to the south. This is the only real uphill section of the trail, but it's not bad at all.

Rattlesnake Trail then drops down into Ashdown Creek.

This is essentially the end of the Rattlesnake Creek Trail. From here, most people choose to continue down Ashdown Gorge (3 miles). However, if the weather is bad, you could you also return back to your car the way you came (6.6 miles). Or you could take the Potato Hollow trail to Crystal Springs (3.9 miles).

We chose to continue down Ashdown Gorge.

Pictures