Rattlesnake Gulch Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
The Rattlesnake to Pipeline trail is shared by mountain bikers and hikers, who can start at Rattlesnake Gulch for a more difficult haul. Though vulnerable, uphill hikers have the right-of-way as a rule — avoid a collision by paying close attention. While the first mile and a half of the trail climbs nearly 730 feet, the last mile is a nice, flat stroll with panoramic views of the canyon and Salt Lake Valley.
The real challenge of Rattlesnake Gulch is the elevation gain but hang in there because once you reach the sign indicating a turnoff for Pipeline trail, the trail flattens out into an easy walk along the mountainside.
Take a moment to catch your breath and appreciate the unobstructed view of Millcreek Canyon, as well as the trailhead below. Continue along the flat trail to the lookout at the front of the canyon. There are rocks large enough for hikers to sit on to enjoy a snack or picnic.
Hikers will have to pay a $3 fee per car upon leaving the canyon.
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