Rattlesnake Trail

Crystal Cove State Park, California

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Rattlesnake Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Orange County, California. It is within Crystal Cove State Park. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 834 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 577 feet.
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Rattlesnake Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Orange County, California. It is within Crystal Cove State Park. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 834 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 577 feet. This trail connects with the following: Red Tail Ridge Trail and Ticketron Deer Canyon.
Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Crystal Cove State Park
Distance: 1.3
Elevation Gain: 577 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 834 feet
Top Elevation: 851 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Rattlesnake Trail
Parks: Crystal Cove State Park
Elevation Min/Max: 568/851 ft
Elevation Start/End: 834/834 ft

Rattlesnake Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The first part of the loop is all fire road, rolling through scenic El Morro Canyon. At the back of the canyon, a mile-long grade ascends to the ridgeline. Continue along the fast and forgiving Fence Line Trail, cranking toward Red Tail Ridge. The path down Red Tail Ridge starts fast, narrows to a brush-lined singletrack, then ends with the rocky, rutted Rattlesnake descent. The trail dead-ends at a utility-pole access road that dips and then climbs to No Name Ridge. The ridge road rolls toward the ocean; a smooth, gradual descent ends just above the parking lot."

Recent Trail Reviews

4/27/2010
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Great technical ride, in fact, it ened up being a little too much for me. The park is covered with ridge routes. I find the routes quite boring. From the top rattlesnake starts off as single track, some very technical rocky sections, then some ridiculously tight track. The flowers had grown over this track pretty thick. From my experience of riding on the East coast I was not thrilled putting my head down and blazing through thick overgrowth. Besides the bushes grabbing at the handlebars you risk the stalks jamming your front wheel. 300-400 yards of this before the trail opens up and ends. Make sure to run down Mach 1 from this point. Mach 1 was one of the fastest and straightest trails I have ridden. A wind streched smile all the way to the bottom. I rode "I think I can" back to the top. A steep grade however in granny gear was an easy climb back to the top. Outside of the ridiculous overgrowth at the 75% point this is an @$!*% puckering route. I'll post some pictures. . .give it a run (or a crash) if you have some time.



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