Ascent of Rattlesnake Mountain on 2012-07-20
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Friday, July 20, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||6656 ft / 2028 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI accessed Rattlesnake Mountain from the north. The main road through the area is FR 37 that can be accessed from either Hwy 138 or Hwy 230. It is paved from the Hwy 138 end. Stay on FR 37 until you reach FR 3702, turn south on FR 3702 and zero your odometer. At mile 1.7 go straight on Happy Valley Road, at 3.7 miles take the right fork, at 5.0 miles take the left fork, and at 8.9 miles reach a trailhead on the left. This is not the Rattlesnake Trail. The road continues, but it is 4WD for the next .25 mile to the Rattlesnake Trailhead. If you have 4WD, drive up, otherwise, park and hike this last section.
The trailhead is signed and the trail is easy to follow mostly. It is a good trail, but it is faint in spots. About .25 before the summit you enter a grassy area with some burned trees. The trail ends at a pile of rocks in the middle of this open area. I just walked out to the end of the ridge where there is a rocky area. Good views. The high point is just back from this rocky area in a clump of manzanita bushes, or it may be back about 100 yds along the ridge where the old fire lookout was located. Nice views. Pleasant hike.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||945 ft / 288 m|
| Distance:||5.2 mi / 8.4 km|
| Route:||Rattlesnake Mtn Trail|
| Trailhead:||5711 ft / 1740 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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Peaks: climbed and unclimbed by Dennis Poulin
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