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Rattlesnake Canyon Trail

Intermediate
 4.4 (16)

A local favorite, this 2.5 mile hike offers great views from the mountains directly above Santa Barbara.


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2.5

Miles

4.0

KM

Point to Point

2,460' 750 m

High

904' 275 m

Low

1,561' 476 m

Up

4' 1 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Description

Starting from the trailhead, which is located alongside Las Canoas Road, head north past the Rattlesnake Canyon Wilderness sign. Soon after beginning your hike you'll cross the creek and climb slightly up the hillside. 1/2 of a mile into the trail you'll see another trail diverging to the right. This trail makes for a great byway that later reunites with the main Rattlesnake Canyon Trail a mile later. However, continuing along the main trail you cross over the creek a couple of times before reaching a huge, flat rock, known as "Lunch Rock", that sits in the creek.

After crossing the creek once again you'll follow the trail to Tin Can Meadow, which was named after a homestead cabin that once existed there before it unfortunately burned down in 1925. A trail junction sits at the end of this meadow, at which point you'll want to bear right to follow the Rattlesnake Canyon Trail for another 3/4 of a mile until it hits Gibraltar Rd. The Rattlesnake Canyon Trail ends at this intersection with the road, but there are stunning views of the South Coast from this point.

Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.

Flora & Fauna

You can find purple hummingbird sage cloak, manzanita, and red-berried toyon along the hills in the canyon.

Contacts

Shared By:

John McKinney with improvements by Keene Morrow

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  4.4 from 16 votes

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Jul 4, 2020
Jeff Selden
Mar 15, 2020
Gary Granger
Jan 1, 2020
Amanda Labradeux
Good hike to begin the new year. Path runs along a creek for a while. Not hard, perfect for beginner/intermediate hikers. Beautiful views at the top!
Aug 27, 2019
Shane Bandy
Dec 11, 2018
Kelsey Geee
Sep 2, 2018
Janelle Clark
May 5, 2018
Will S
Beautiful hike. Definitely better than Inspiration point. I did have a large (unknown)animal growl at me about .5m from Gibraltar so I turned around. 5.5mi
Feb 25, 2018
Eduardo Rehder

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