Rattlesnake Canyon

MODERATE 89 reviews
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Rattlesnake Canyon is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Barbara, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.5 miles
1548 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



horseback riding

nature trips

trail running




1 month ago

Excellent hike!

3 months ago

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!

4 months ago

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!

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

Definitely got a workout

6 months ago

Nice, moderate hike, enjoyed the water

8 months ago

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

8 months ago

Beautiful trail. Done this one a few times. This time continued up the canyon to Gilbraltar Road/Rock. Amazing hike, nice creek flows. Shaded most of the way until you get to the meadow. From there you can complete this by heading west towards the Tunnel Trail or continue up the steeper climb to Gilbraltar Road.

9 months ago

What a great hike! More challenging than we expected, which was a nice surprise. Beautiful!

10 months ago

4/10/17 Beautiful hike today.

Monday, August 15, 2016

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

Sunday, June 26, 2016

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.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

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.

Monday, September 07, 2015

Hot, no water, but nice.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

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
Thursday, November 13, 2014

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

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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.

Monday, February 10, 2014

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

Thursday, July 11, 2013

This is a nice easy hike and the trail is easily visible and shaded. Best thing about this hike is that it is only 10-15 min outside of downtown Santa Barbara yet you feel no where close to the city.

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