Rattlesnake Canyon

MODERATE 18 reviews

Rattlesnake Canyon is a 27.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Landers, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for scenic driving and off road driving and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

27.6 miles
4101 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

off road driving

scenic driving


wild flowers


no shade

off road driving
20 days ago

Ran this trail from Johnson Valley up to Burns Canyon in a completely stock 2017 Tacoma TRD4x4OR and mostly stock 2016 Chevy Colorado Z71. Although I'd say a 4x4 vehicle is absolutely necessary, the trail was pretty easy for the first 10 miles with mostly loose sand and moguls. Some tight turns might scratch up the side of a full size truck, but well worth the drive with all the beautiful canyon views! At about the 10 mile mark from the Old Woman Springs turnoff is where the trail has it's first true "moderate" obstacle that required some good spotting to get our stock trucks through it, but we made it without hassle. Definitely looked like this obstacle took its toll on some vehicles with scattered plastic, cuts in the rocks, and oil spots visible. Another mile up the trail was another "moderate" obstacle that involved a tight turn for our trucks while rock crawling over some large and loose rocks. Other than those 2 obstacles though this trail was probably an easy rating but those certainly made it a moderate. Check out the video for a detailed report of the run from start to finish! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Da4JDmFjpcA

off road driving
25 days ago

Not a bad trail, however be careful of the cranky old man in the red jeep... he seems to think he owns the road and has the right to tell people they can't stop 10' off the trail for 5 minutes to wait for someone to catch up.
he came charging down the road and got out of his jeep and had a gun on one side and a hunting knife on the other side and told us we were driving over 15 mph and we had no right to park there because we could only be within 50' of the road ( we were 10' ) off the in a turnout waiting for a friend.
he said i was honking at you and you didn't leave ( he was 1/2 mile away at his house )... he seems to think he has law enforcement ability on a public trail and means to do it with attempted intimidation tactics... yea good luck with that.

still a fun trail with the exception of Mr Grouchy

2 months ago

Nice place to visit

4 months ago

more on the easy side. it only has two obstacles.

off road driving
6 months ago

Nice views, not very challenging. Narrow, better for a Jeep than a truck if you are worried about scratches. Saw some random cows along the way.

off road driving
8 months ago

Great trail! If you are looking for something challenging this may not be it but still offers a lot of fun Terrain. Starts off sandy as you enter then gets rocky for a little while allowing you to practice squeezing between rocks. Highly recommend for anyone wanting to enjoy beautiful nature and some off road driving.

9 months ago

Good trail, I have a 2.5" lifted jeep wrangler on 35's and it made it just fine. Good to get into some rock crawling.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Great trail, no people. Terrain equal parts, sand, rock, and there's even a few "extra credit" obstacles. We had a caravan of a Land Cruiser, 4 Runner, and Jeep Wrangler. It was prefect for all of us!

off road driving
Monday, December 19, 2016

Nice trail that is decently moderate. It is a good trial for a new off roader looking to learn his rig. We made it through in my daily driver a Toyota Tacoma TRD

off road driving
Monday, January 25, 2016

Nice trail to get to know how to use your jeep.

off road driving
Monday, October 14, 2013

This was a fun ride. I'm a novice off roader and handled it ok. A couple spots proved tough but not impossible. We saw some of the domestic livestock(bulls) walking around. Kiddos thought that was cool. Tight spots if someone is coming the other way. All in all a fun ride.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Fun ride up the mountain from the desert floor

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Sunday, September 21, 2014