Rattlesnake Creek Trail

EASY 61 reviews

Rattlesnake Creek Trail is a 2.2 mile out and back trail located near Poway, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.2 miles Elevation Gain: 252 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

rocky

no shade

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over grown
1 month ago

A little overgrown, but nice because it's very lightly trafficked..only came across one person but heard a few others. Couple different splits off this trail can be taken to make it a little longer. Not as pretty in the fall because it's so dry, but still some great views. Would definitely come back for the flowers in the spring based on other reviews.

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2 months ago

5 months ago

beautiful in the spring. not crowded. met a family with two unleashed German shepards. They had to hold barking dogs while I was passing by. can happen on any hike I guess.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful views of wildflowers this spring.

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7 months ago

Beautiful after a good rainy season

hiking
8 months ago

Good quick trail to bring kids and see the poppies. There’s also a slight “waterfall” on the trail. Conditions were so perfect for the desert blooms and water viewing.

hiking
8 months ago

Poppies everywhere

hiking
8 months ago

Drop the kids at Twin Peaks and take a quick stroll. Total undiscovered gem. Probably shouldn’t even write this review. Some of the best flowers outside of Anza Borrego. Area was scorched in the the Witch Creek blaze of 2007. Continue after what feels like the end to discover caves and water falls and peaks higher than tooth rock. (Also some unfortunate motor bikes using the back area for jumps and tracks currently.). It’s a 4 for me for convenience, flowers, lack of people and variety of on and off trail exploring for kids.

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off trail
8 months ago

Easy hike with beautiful scenery and wildlife. Although there is a highway near by, the sounds don’t contaminate the canyon. Trail is leveled for the most part. Towards the end of the trail becomes rocky and hilly. Great for dogs, plenty of beautiful meadows. Various birds to look out for like woodpeckers, hummingbirds, and hawks cruising around. Beautiful fresh water stream running in between the trees in rainy seasons.

hiking
8 months ago

Good hike with all the rain, but I can imagine it be very boring without it. It’s nice, quick hike, but not worth the drive for.

hiking
Sat Feb 03 2018

Come on now. If Angel's Landing in Zion is a five, and Iron Mountain is maybe 4.2, in what universe is this little trail a 4? It's covered in horse pucky, power lines, and surrounded by houses. It's kind of lame on a national scale, no? If you're local it's a good dog walk, that's about it.

hiking
Sun Aug 13 2017

This is a very pretty little hike. I think this hike would be better in the winter months. It is so hot in August and the creek is dry. When you arrive at this location you might just miss it if you are not careful because there is just a tiny little sign that says trail. There are no bathrooms and no parking lot. There was a trail that went straight and one that went right. I went straight and the trail eventually just ended with some boulders. I would like to go back and explore what happens when you go right. I think it might take you down by the creek.

hiking
Mon Apr 24 2017

Nice little walk...feels like you are far away from civilization when you are so close to homes. Watch out, however. A rattlesnake crossed our path and we nearly stepped on it. Didn't even warn us with its rattle. I imagine they'll be a lot of them this year with the rain we've had, so take it easy.

Thu Mar 30 2017

A very nice walk, with fun features. Easy but you can add a little scrambling in for more fun.

hiking
Tue Mar 28 2017

Nice hike, the wildflowers are beautiful!

hiking
Fri Mar 24 2017

Nice beginners hike

Mon Mar 06 2017

The wildflowers on this trail are going OFF right now. Most flowers in town easily. TONS of poppies and lupine you can see from the drive up to Ramona. Perfect time to get out there!!

Sat Feb 04 2017

Very quaint, simple, but oh so breathtaking. The trail itself ends not very interestingly...before the end, veer off to the left to get to the wall and waterfall, creek. Absolutely gorgeous

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