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the mean guy is Billy Mitchell. He is of the oldest family ranch in the area. yes he is not nice. But keep moving past his ranch house. And do not stop at the salt lick. Go past the salt lick and continue up the canyon. He will leave you alone that way. also do not speed. dust is a problem. and he and his family travel the maintained dirt road daily. Safety is his concern for his wife mainly. Remember his family has been there for 80 plus years I think. I have met him. he had 2 six shooters on his side. but was reasonable if you show respect and understand his side of things. put yourself in his shoes. I have run this trail for 15 years and met him 1 time. the cows on the trail belong to him too. really fun trail on a dirt bike.

off road driving
1 month ago

Have run this trail before and just read a few reviews and the one about the cranky old man in the Jeep. To my knowledge, Rattlesnake Canyon runs through a live working ranch that we've been given an unofficial permission to drive through. Just a heads up so we don't loose those privileges.

off road driving
2 months ago

Easy trail...but unless you have a good suspension you will hit several times for the amount of dips

off road driving
3 months ago

Easy way to the Rock just a bit bumping. Also hardier off trails available after the rock.

off road driving
5 months 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
5 months 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

Nice place to visit

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

off road driving
11 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
Monday, September 04, 2017

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.

Friday, July 28, 2017

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, July 24, 2017

Softer sand however if your passing through you can make it just fine. Do not need 4wd at all. A lot of graffiti on the mountain side of the rocks, not on the trail side

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
Sunday, May 14, 2017

Short little excursion, 4wd not needed. The road is bumpy in places. Neat little trip to check out if you are in the area.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Sucks. Tons of graffiti, campers. Road is dirty, bumpy. Difficult with 2WD. Not worth it, not even a hike.

off road driving
Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Easy off road driving. Can be done with any 2WD vehicle.

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
Sunday, November 20, 2016

This is one of my favorite desert spots. I've been out here at 3am in the morning waiting for the sun to rise doing some long exposure night photography. Just something about this place.

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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