Rattlesnake Canyon Professional Reviews and Guides
"Rattlesnake Canyon is one of Santa Barbara's most popular trail. The trail leads up the winding canyon through a lush, riparian forest with many pools, small waterfalls, and stream crossings. There is a grottos, meadow and panoramic vista overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands. Rattlesnake Canyon received its name for its winding canyon, not for snake occupancy."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes around Santa Barbara (Day Hike Books).
"Just up the canyon a short ways from Skofield Park is a popular hiking trail through Rattlesnake Canyon, and no, there aren’t rattlesnakes there. However, typically there is running water in Rattlesnake Creek at some point on the trail even during the hottest of summers. Rattlesnake Canyon consists of three main areas with a mix of bouldering and sport climbing along the trail. The history of the area is very spotty at best. It is thought that most of the rock here had been seen for years, with the earliest climbing potential possibly being discovered in the 1970s by Amos Clifford. This guide contains West Nile Boulder, The Creamery, and Renaissance Man Crag climbs."
--Damon Corso, Best Climbs Santa Barbara and Ventura (Falcon Guides).
"Despite the daunting name, the hike through Rattlesnake Canyon is actually quite a peaceful one. You are no more likely to see a rattlesnake here than on any other trail in the area. A shady refuge on a sunny day, this trail winds its way up Rattlesnake Canyon, loosely following the creek for a gradual uphill to Tin Can Meadow. From here you can take in the view and retrace your steps home or continue onto the Tunnel Connector Trail to hike into the Santa Ynez Mountains."
--Bryn Fox, Best Easy Day Hikes Santa Barbara (Falcon Guides).
"This moderately difficult course follows a boulder-lined creek in a canyon with forests of sycamore and oak trees. The lower section of the trail is well shaded with many waterfalls, pools, and grottos. There are several stream crossings and a series of switchbacks on the way up to an expansive coastal view. The name is fearsome, but the risk of encountering a snake is no different here than in any other beautiful canyon in this mountain range. The combination of wooded trails along a stream and unbeatable views is sure to make this course one of your favorites."
--Stan Swartz, Jim Wolff & Samir Shahin, 50 Trail Runs in Southern California (The Mountaineers Books).
"A very popular destination named for the fact the canyon snakes through the Santa Barbara frontcountry, the Rattlesnake Trail passes through lush riparian stretches toward a meadow before meeting with the Tunnel Trail Connector and then climbs to Gibraltar Road."
--Craig R. Carey, Hiking and Backpacking Santa Barbara and Ventura (Wilderness Press).
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