View – the open rock outcrop at the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain, 3480 ft., offers a 180 degree view of the Swannanoa Valley and surrounding mountain ranges looking west.
Hike Profile – the hike is an out and back hike that starts on the Lookout Trail and follows the Old Trestle Road, Old Mitchell Toll Road and Rattlesnake trails to the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain. The initial climb on the Lookout Trail is moderate, but the trail then moderates a bit until the climb up Rattlesnake summit.
Trail Surface – mostly a dry forest trail and old roadbeds with loose rocks but the ascent of the Rattlesnake Mountain summit does involve climbing over exposed rock faces.
Environment – the trail passes through a mountain side forest of hardwood trees, some pine trees, and rhododendron and mountain laurel toward the summit.
Navigation – take the Lookout Trail until it intersects the Old Trestle Road. Take this road to the right a short distance until it intersects with the Old Mitchell Toll Road to the left. The toll road continues until it reaches the Rattlesnake Trail on the right, which ascends to the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain. The intersection with the Rattlesnake Mountain trail occurs at a sharp bend in the Old Toll Road to the left. On the right you will see a large sign board pointing the way to Rattlesnake Mountain.
Directions to Trailhead – take Montreat Road (Rt. 9) north from Black Mountain. The road becomes Assembly Drive after passing through the Montreat Gate. Turn right onto Lookout Road about a mile beyond the Gate. Trailhead parking is on the right after passing Arkansas Road and a maintenance shed. The trailhead is marked with a large sign board.