Rattlesnake Canyon

MODERATE 11 reviews
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Rattlesnake Canyon is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Barbara, CA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.1 miles 918 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash


trail running

horseback riding



2 months ago

Great hike a lot to explore and found some rock climbing routs if your a climber. You can take a few connection trails too.

3 months ago

Did this trail as a loop from Tunnel Road entrance, up east of 7 falls, and down through the connector to the top of this trail. The WHOLE time we were in fog, so we didn't get any views really, but it was still really fun, not very challenging, and a good loop.

4 months ago

I love this hike! It's not super difficult and the scenery is lovely, with lots of creek crossings and great photo ops.

9 months ago

Just completed this trail. It's a very nice trail, most of it is in the shade. A few switchbacks are along the trail, there is also several side trails. This trail has lots of side and alternate, most of them come back to the original trail though. The connector trail is just past the meadow, it's labeled with a metal sign. The connector is rather steep. It connects into the tunnel trail. Which has great views.

10 months ago

1 year ago

Hot, no water, but nice.

1 year ago

A local favorite, this hike has a little bit of everything. Shade along the creek, good ocean views from the first switchbacks, and it's generally less traveled than something like Inspiration Point. The majority of the hike is fairly easy, but if you continue past the Tunnel Trail connector it gets significantly more difficult. The switchbacks leading up to Gibralter Rd are quite steep. A great workout.

mountain biking
1 year ago

The main description says it is accessible to mountain bikes. IT IS NOT, foot and horses only.

2 years ago

Awesome hike, you get to walk in the shade along the falls for about 1/2 mile, in addition to the signature Santa Barbara scenery. I am not sure how an earlier reviewer became so easily lost, I found it very straightforward. Almost all trail "forks" are actually just brief shortcuts to the same point just a few yards away.

2 years ago

Loved the trail. Go all the way up to the switch and then make the difficult journey to Gibraltar Rd. It is worth it.

4 years ago

Loved every minute of the trail... until we got lost that is. It was just as much fun as it was tough... but PAY ATTENTION to the turns you make! It is a well marked trail... but it is windy (wondey). We found ourselves (exhausted and going up hill) at the same spot 4 separate times, trying to find the trail head. Take water and wear plenty of sun block as it is in the open. Back up hardy trail mix or bars may help restore lost energy if you do get lost. Im horrible with direction in general, so it may not be as bad as I make it seem. Check it out if you're looking for a good tough workout :)