Rattlesnake Canyon is a 4.4 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.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,604 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wildlife

rocky

5 hours ago

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

1 month ago

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.

2 months ago

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.

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3 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!

hiking
3 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.

3 months ago

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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4 months ago

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

4 months ago

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!

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 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!

6 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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!

hiking
7 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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9 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.

10 months ago

Excellent hike!

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!

hiking
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

hiking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

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

hiking
Monday, June 05, 2017

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.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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.

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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.

hiking
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.

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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.

hiking
Monday, September 07, 2015

Hot, no water, but nice.

walking
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.

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