WOODS GULCH - SHEEP MOUNTAIN TRAIL
Miles: 11 miles to Sheep Mountain
Elevation gain: 3,846 feet (from 3,800 feet to 7,646 feet)
Dogs: No restrictions
To explore one of the less-traveled portions of the Rattlesnake, try Sheep Mountain Trail, on the Recreation Area's southern boundary. Start at the trailhead on Woods Gulch Road, east of Rattlesnake Drive.
The trail rises steeply through Woods Gulch for the first two miles, then ascends the ridge on a gentler grade for nine more miles. The main attraction is the continuous panorama of surrounding mountains and valleys.
Blue Point, just a short distance off the trail about four miles before Sheep Mountain, is a good stopping-off point for scenic views. There's no trail to Blue Point, but cross-country access is easy.
Sheep Mountain Trail is high and dry so carry plenty of water.
For an overnight trip, you can continue north from Sheep Mountain and follow the East Fork Trail (No. 1531), which intersects the main travel corridor near Franklin Bridge. From the bridge, it's eight miles back to the main Rattlesnake trailhead.