The south end of the trail begins near the northern edge of the Rattlesnake Cove recreation site. The trail roughly parallels the shoreline of Bartlett Reservoir, providing access to the shore, crossing washes and small ridges, and running along hill slopes.
The trail offers access to many coves and stretches of shoreline, providing opportunities for swimming and angling. The trail winds through rocky outcrops and crosses several ridges and hill slopes offering scenic views of Bartlett Reservoir.
The trail passes through the Arizona Upland Phase of the Sonoran Desert, including examples of saguaro cactus, mesquite, palo verde and ironwood trees.
Directions: From Cave Creek, Travel west on Bartlett Road to the lake and head north to Rattlesnake Cove.
Elevation: 1,840 feet
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Distance: 3.8-4.7 miles
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