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Nice canyon trail, especially when the creeks are running

Trailhead for Rattlesnake Canyon is by Skofield Park. It's a daily steady climb through a native... read more

Reviewed September 5, 2018
Santa Barbara, California
Oldest fave place I know in SB

Biased person because I used to live right by this trail on Las Canoas Road -- it was my world... read more

Reviewed September 2, 2018
Santa Barbara, California
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A popular, moderate rated, multi-use trail, good for hiking, biking and horseback riding, three and a half miles round trip.
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Reviewed September 5, 2018

Trailhead for Rattlesnake Canyon is by Skofield Park. It's a daily steady climb through a native canyon with plenty of trees for shade. The creek that runs through the canyon is really nice when water is flowing. When you come out of the canyon into...More

Thank RM30139
Reviewed September 2, 2018

Biased person because I used to live right by this trail on Las Canoas Road -- it was my world ... After rains full Running creek- magical waterholes, great boulders and energizing trail upward- oaks and chapparal ceonothus in bloom - smell of the earth!...More

Thank katheemiller
Reviewed August 12, 2018

I do this hike probably 6 to 10 times a year. I would say it's moderate. I don't think it is a loop. I've always made it to the meadow and turned around. Full of stunning views of the ocean. Alot of the hike you...More

Thank Misty O
Reviewed March 14, 2018

The storm in January 2018 wiped out most of the canyon trails above Santa Barbara and Montecito, so check beforehand to see if you get there. It may be a while...

5  Thank skip2go
Reviewed May 8, 2017 via mobile

Though it's primarily a hiking trail, I ran Rattlesnake with a friend yesterday. It's a great run - steep and tough in places, flowing and open in others. The view from the top is magnificent and I had a blast - it gives you a...More

1  Thank aimoverseas
Reviewed April 7, 2017

This a very pleasant treed and therefore shady canyon and is especially nice when the creek has significant water. As you get deeper into the canyon the trail rises past pools and small waterfalls and after about 1 1/2 miles connects to the tunnel trail....More

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Reviewed March 24, 2017

This trail goes up a beautiful canyon and is well-maintained. I'd say that it is probably a moderately strenuous hike even if you go all the way up. You'll cross the creek several times, hopping on one rock to the next. Watch out for the...More

Thank CaTraveler7777
Reviewed January 17, 2017

Rating depends on how far up the trail you go. It's a popular hike with locals, so quite doable if you're in decent but not peak shape. Shady much of the way, flowers, stream crossings, rocks to sit on, views to admire. Bring water and...More

Thank IdeasAndOpinions
Reviewed January 6, 2017

Rattlesnake trail follows a tributary of Mission Creek up Rattlesnake Canyon into the Los Padres Nat'l Forest. It's one of the most popular hikes in the area. Lots of swimming holes if there has been rain (kind of rare lately). Bring water (seriously, do bring...More

Thank SophiesAunt
Reviewed July 27, 2016

We hiked this trail with a group ranging from 5 years old to 70, and we all found it enjoyable. There are a couple areas that you need to climb up some rocks, but overall the grade is moderate, and you'll be rewarded with some...More

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February 2, 2018|
Response from Richie D |
There are no restrooms available yet plenty of bushes and creeks ;)