I had originally planned to hike Rattlesnake Gulch on Saturday afternoon but after being turned away, due to the lack of space in the park, I went this morning. To make sure that I would avoid the crowds I started hiking at 5:00am. It has been a few years since I hiked this particular trail and I wonder why it took me so long to hike it again! The scenery and views along the trail are utterly spectacular! I believe the trail tops out around 1700ft above the trailhead.