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Rattler on Toano Peak
Almost stepped on this "sleeping" beauty on the way down from the summit of Toano Peak. It was just cold enough that the snake was sluggish but I've learned to really scan the terrain in front and to the sides as I go up and down on these desert mountains. My companion didn't even see it until I specifically pointed it out to him. Click to higher resolution.
June 7th, 2009

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D-boEeek!

D-bo

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I know the feeling. I've been lucky on cool days as well.
Posted Jun 10, 2009 11:47 pm

DeanRe: Eeek!

Dean

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Its funny that I've hiked a lot of desert peaks prior to this and its only been in the last two weeks that I've had rattler encounters. The other encounter was on Craner Peak north of I-80 near Grantsville.
Posted Jun 11, 2009 12:15 am

MikerHikerNice Pic

MikerHiker

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I love to find Rattlers, before they find me. Call me crazy, but when its chilly and they are sluggish, I have been known to pick them up. Don't try this at home! by the way Dean, Congrats on the 2000 Power mark.
Posted Jun 11, 2009 7:11 am

DeanRe: Nice Pic

Dean

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"before they find me" is my motto too. Thanks Mike.
Posted Jun 11, 2009 9:47 am

calebEOCWhat elevation did you see this one at?

calebEOC

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And whats the highest elevation you have seen a rattlesnake at?
Posted Jun 11, 2009 11:15 pm

DeanRe: What elevation did you see this one at?

Dean

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The one in this pic was at about 7500 feet.
The one I saw in Utah the week before was at about 7000 feet.
Posted Jun 11, 2009 11:38 pm

MikerHikerRe: What elevation did you see this one at?

MikerHiker

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Just below Francis Peak 9540ft I found a Rattler crossing the road. Why did the Rattler cross the road? To get to the other SSSSSSSSSide..
Posted Jun 12, 2009 7:58 am

DeanRe: What elevation did you see this one at?

Dean

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Wow, that is pretty high for a rattler which makes me re-think what i thought was the limit for rattlesnakes.
Posted Jun 12, 2009 9:35 am

D-boRe: What elevation did you see this one at?

D-bo

Voted 10/10

What was your previous limit, I might ask? I saw one last week at around 8300 ft. in the Wellsvilles.
Posted Jun 12, 2009 3:42 pm

mountaingazelleRe: What elevation did you see this one at?

mountaingazelle

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I saw a rattler near the summit of Ben Lomond around 9,700 feet. It was during summer and probably not a good time to be hiking there anyway.
Posted Jun 12, 2009 3:58 pm

lcarreauRe: What elevation did you see this one at?

lcarreau

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I saw a cloud that was shaped like a rattlesnake.

The cloud was at 13,000 ft. Does that count?

When I was strolling along the south rim of
the Grand Canyon, several people were
pointing to a "rattlesnake," which was really
a Bull Snake.

And ... that ain't no bull !!!
Posted Jun 13, 2009 11:06 pm

imontopRe: What elevation did you see this one at?

imontop

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I've seen them on Willard Peak too. And that's what, 50 ft higher than Ben Lomond? And yes, I've picked them up before when the're cold and sluggish....with a very long stick!
Posted Jun 14, 2009 6:59 pm

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