What makes the Poisonous Trail Treasure Hunt so difficult is the fact that nobody will tell you about it or even mention it.
This Treasure Hunt was designed for players who like to fully explore the world of Red Dead Redemption II.
Even if you are not one of them, it doesn’t mean you can’t complete the RDR2 Poisonous Trail Treasure Hunt especially because our guide below explains how to start it, and obviously how to finish it.
As a reward for completing it, you’ll receive 4 Gold Bars which can be sold for a total of $2.000. This treasure hunt, just like the Jack Hall Gang and Le Tresor Des Morts Treasure Hunts can be played starting Chapter 2 of the video game.
On our map below you can see the locations that must be visited in order to discover the Poisonous Trail Treasure in RDR2.
Ready cowboy? Let’s ride then.
“A map is discovered inside a small chest nestled under the bed in an old shack near Cairn Lake.”
- Complete Eastward Bound
- Gold Bars X 4
The first location marked on our map is Cairn Lake, south of Colter. You should remember Colter because it was the place where Dutch’s gang fled at the beginning of the game.
Visit the frozen lake, and look for a wooden shack, like the one in the picture below.
As you enter the cabin, turn right and look under the bed to spot a hidden lock box. This is one of the many RDR2 hidden lockboxes featured in the video game. Open it to find The Poisonous Trail Map 1.
Easy right? Now, open the first Red Dead Redemption 2 Poisonous Trail Map and take a look at it. The drawing is similar to the one below.
The location on the first Poisonous Trail Map is known as the Face Rock. You can find it easily in Scarlett Meadows; west of Ringneck Creek. You can see it marked on our custom RDR2 map by 2.
Make haste Arthur and look for the large rock (pictured below) which resembles the face of a man. Now, while standing in front of it, on the right you will see a tree trunk. Notice that Arthur is aiming at it.
Just behind this specific dead tree is another trunk, visibly smaller. Go around it, and notice the hole in it. Slip your hand inside and pick The Poisonous Trail Map 2.
Awesome job! Let’s open the second Poisonous Trail Map and see where it leads. Looks like the drawing shows a snake.
This location is also easy to find because it is a point of interest. It is known as the Serpent Mound, and you’ll find it southwest of Van Horn. Let’s go, cowboy!
When you reach the third location on our map, look for a hill where you can see an unusual form made of grass. If you look closer you can notice that it resembles a snake. All you have to do is to find the snake’s head and in the middle, you will see another hole.
Search it to retrieve The Poisonous Trail Map 3.
The third Red Dead Redemption 2 Poisonous Trail Map reveals the location of the treasure. Which is right behind the Elysian Pool.
Before entering the cave behind the Elysian Pool (marked by 4 on our map), make sure you equip your lantern. Now head inside and cross the first tunnel. When you exit you will see a gap like the one below.
Jump inside and crouch, looking for a smaller tunnel (also pictured).
Cross this tunnel and when you exit, follow the path to your right. Keep moving forward and eventually, you’ll reach another gap. Take a left turn and move slowly to notice a platform below you.
Here, you must be quite careful because if you miss the jump you’ll die.
Run and jump on the lower platform. Now, slide down through the next hole to reach a dead end. Investigate it to find a pile of rocks (see below).
Search the area while standing near these rocks to find the Poisonous Trail Treasure in Red Dead Redemption 2. Now that you found the treasure, exit the cave by retracing your steps, up the ramp you used to slide. Use the right side then when you reach the top, check the corner of the wall to spot a small ledge you can climb.
From here, if you climb another ledge you’ll end up in a tunnel. Follow the right corridor and keep moving forward to enter the hole in the wall. Once you exit, continue to move up and you’ll see the exit in front of you.
If you enjoyed this treasure hunt and want to play another one, focus on reaching Chapter 3 in order to be able to start the High Stakes Treasure Hunt. Alternatively, you can try solving the Strange Statues Puzzle, which is one of the hardest Activities in the game.