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Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
1,155.00 ft (352.04 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
3.50 mi (5.63 km)
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Rattlesnake Gulch is a very popular and fun hike located just inside Millcreek Canyon near Salt Lake City, Utah. It is close to town and not too difficult, so it has become a great place for nearby families to bring their children and dogs. The views from atop the ridge are spectacular and you overlook all of Salt Lake Valley and especialy the Mount Olympus area. There are great autumn colors along this hike and most of the Wasatch Front from September to November. There are a few steep parts of the trail as well as some cliff edges once you reach the top of the ridge, so be aware. Dogs are allowed off-leash on odd-numbered days, so if you are wary of off-leash dogs, go on the even numbered days. 

There is a $3 charge on your way out of Millcreek Canyon if you don't have an annual pass for the area. Parks passes don't count here, unfortunately. This is a great place to quickly get above the inversion during winter, and it can be done in boots or snowshoes depending on the snow depth.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Close to town. Dogs allowed. Amazing views.

Cons

Can be crowded. Usage fee.

Trailhead Elevation

5,342.00 ft (1,628.24 m)

Highest point

6,497.00 ft (1,980.29 m)

Features

Wildlife
Family friendly
Big vistas
Wildflowers

Typically multi-day

No

Suitable for

Biking

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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