One of the best frontcountry day hikes currently in SB. I went late in the afternoon and was treated to tranquility, reddish dappled light, even the reassuring croak of a tree frog - time certainly well spent.

Beautiful hike. Just made it to the meadow due to time. Definitely a hike I will do again.

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24 days ago

Low effort high reward! A little hard to follow at times

Great hike. Longer than what what app says.

this place is so beautiful from January to april best time to.do.this hike

Beautiful trail with breathtaking views towards the end. Also, a nice workout, especially the last mile or so. We also didn’t see any rattle snakes, which was a welcome relief.

Beautiful hike for most of it. There is a point where you are standing under some very big shady trees and you have to choose to go straight or to the left. There is a trail sign, but neither direction is called Rattle Snake Canyon. To the left is the remainder of the trail. It’s at this junction most of the regulars turn around. I learned why. The rest is really steep. No shade and hot. The views are not that impressive and the end of the trail is nothing special. It just links up with other trails into another canyon. Great if you want a leg burner or a sunburn or to link up to the other trails. Up until those beautiful trees it was beautiful, shady and I couldn’t stop talking pictures. Will make this a regular hike.

Granted we went on a very hot day, the work was not worth the payoff. Not much in regards to views. We went last weekend (September), absolutely no water in the creek. Everything was just dry and hot. Definitely a climb.

A truly beautiful gem of a hike. It's so nice to be near running water and greenery during the dry summer months.

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5 months ago

Probably best to go earlier in the day, when we set out for the hike it was after 12:00 and quite hot. It's true what they say about Rattlesnake Canyon, we saw one on the way up and one on the way down. Don't kid yourself, the rattlers are out there, be aware!

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5 months ago

This trail doesn’t have more Rattlesnakes than any other trial in Santa Barbara (it’s just a name). The East fork is overgrown and not worth risking poison oak but the main trail is in great condition and easy to follow. Surprised to see and hear water in the creek even in late August.

This hike had a good amount of shade, which was nice when I went in August. There was a spot with waterfalls and small pools of water. Lots of dogs on this hike. Rattlesnakes are common, this hike lives up to its name! I heard about) but didn't see) a rattler at the end of this trail.

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5 months ago

Without markers this hike was difficult to navigate and stay on target.

Was looking for a 3 or 4 hr hike and a good workout. Was on the trail for 3.5 hrs. Really nice hike. Could hear water trickling through canyon for about 20% of the trail. A few really cool little waterfalls. Several forks on trail left me wondering if I went the right way. Took a wrong turn once and had to backtrack. Suggest GPS to keep you on the trail if you’re not familiar with the area. Some great views of SB and the Channel Islands. Got to the end of the official Rattlesnake Canyon trail but decided to keep going on another trail (Tunnel Trail maybe). After about 10 minutes on this trail, I was treated to an amazing view of SB. Definitely worth the extra time on the trail. Went on a Thursday. Parking was no problem and the trail wasn’t too crowded. Got just what I wanted - a cool hike and a great workout!

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6 months ago

Moderately strenuous trail through the canyon. Trail markers not always clear but easy enough to find your way back.

Like this trail . Wanna say it’s 8,7 miles not 7,7. It took me 4:20 hr. I would recommend to use right shoes . Because some places so bold and easy to slide specially when you go back . I would consider it like a hard trail level 1:) not super hard. all 8,7 ml are different . Can be flat , rocks , uphill 45%. ... not birthing .

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7 months ago

One of my new favorites. Plenty of shaded areas, so one of the better trails for hotter days. Multiple sceneries including creek, dense trees, and open outlooks areas. Can be as difficult as you want it to be. Best part was my dog taking the opportunity for a quick cool off in the creek. And not too much foot traffic, especially for a Sunday!

Nice warm up to the meadow then the next 3 miles is 1800 elevation gain up to Camino Cielo. 4.5 hours up and back.

Really loved the hike what little I did of it. Only went about 1/2 hour in then out. Only had small amount of time. True bummer was I parked in the Skofield Park parking area. My driver window was smashed out and my laptop and back pack stolen. BIG bummer. Park on the road. Set your alarm.

It’s a good workout if you go all the way to the top! Beautiful hike, just beware there are a lot of bees toward the end of the hike, and it’s a little toasty (not shaded) toward the end of the hike, as well. Bring sunscreen!

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8 months ago

Great hike, took about 1:15min to get to Gibralter Rd from the base. Mostly covered by trees until after the meadow or sign pointing towards the road.

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10 months ago

Very nice hike. Great views throughout. Pretty wide trail with a moderate incline. Saw the biggest snake of my life on the trail.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Excellent hike!

Nice friendly trail and a good steady moderate grade. I’d do it again, in fact, we did it yesterday.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Great views from the top. The trail had numerous rocks and was a little overgrown in some places. The trail does have a decent amount of shade which is nice when it’s warm out. Loved watching the hang gliders right above too!

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

We did the trail and up to Gibraltar Road extra piece that last 20 min up to Gibraltar was a bit steep and tiring for my first time. We walked about 3.5 hours round trip up and back, enjoyable! Loved creeks holders, beautiful changes of scenery, and shade part of the way. My first time up!

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Nice moderate trail and good workout. A lot of people with dogs off leash. Nice views.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Definitely got a workout

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Nice, moderate hike, enjoyed the water

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Awesome trail and really challenging if you decide to hike up the creek! Definitely recommend.

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