WE SAW TWO RATTLE SNAKES ON OUR HIKE AND HOLY SHIT THAT WAS SCARY AF!!
We were out at Battle Bluff's for a hike with some family from out of town. We had been warned that there were snakes out but dad and I had never seen them and weren't too concerned. Anyway we headed in incident free, and were on our descent back to the trailhead when all of a sudden - and I don't remember having time to think - I heard the feared sound and saw Bugs, (Dad's dog/this furry bear) face to face LESS THAN TWO INCHES inches from the locked & loaded rattle snake. It was coiled up in striking position just like you see in the media. I didn't have time to think before I found myself crouched in place and screaming at the dog to come to me. The dog looked at me and back to the snake, just curious what this weird noodle was doing and why it was making me yell like Satan was on her. She listened and in seconds we had her back in our hands. We are so so so lucky she did listen and we got her away safe. Then took a couple required pictures and then did a big big circle around out of its way.
About 15 minutes later, when we were almost back at the trailhead (we had just climbed elevation up from a low point) dad said "we're back in bear and cougar country again" and I said "yeah and snake country since we're back at the same elevation as when we saw the first one". In the next second I heard a rattle strike up its alert again!
Dad had been leading the way with the dog on the leash when there was one in the middle of the path, locked and loaded and rattling and he didn't hear it right away! So I started shouting DAD DAD DAD!Then he saw it, I grabbed the dog from him and this time we were more calm but tried to wait it out but it didn't move far off the trail. So we had to do a wide berth through the grass to give this little feller some space and get us back on the path to the truck. I was terrified and not ready to go anywhere near this angry noodle. I had the dog in my arms at this point and everyone else put sticks and stones in their hand to sweep the grass and give any other snakes ahead of us an alert (not to harm!). ////Continued in comments.