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Awesome trail run

Though it's primarily a hiking trail, I ran Rattlesnake with a friend yesterday. It's a great run... read more

Reviewed 9 May 2017
aimoverseas
,
Sydney, Australia
via mobile
One of the best hikes close to Santa Barbara

This a very pleasant treed and therefore shady canyon and is especially nice when the creek has... read more

Reviewed 8 April 2017
jg1004
,
Davis, California
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A popular, moderate rated, multi-use trail, good for hiking, biking and horseback riding, three and a half miles round trip.
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  • Very good38%
  • Average0%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“mission creek” (3 reviews)
“poison ivy” (2 reviews)
“tunnel” (4 reviews)
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Las Canoas, Santa Barbara, CA
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Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

Though it's primarily a hiking trail, I ran Rattlesnake with a friend yesterday. It's a great run - steep and tough in places, flowing and open in others. The view from the top is magnificent and I had a blast - it gives you a...More

1  Thank aimoverseas
Reviewed 8 April 2017

This a very pleasant treed and therefore shady canyon and is especially nice when the creek has significant water. As you get deeper into the canyon the trail rises past pools and small waterfalls and after about 1 1/2 miles connects to the tunnel trail....More

Thank jg1004
Reviewed 25 March 2017

This trail goes up a beautiful canyon and is well-maintained. I'd say that it is probably a moderately strenuous hike even if you go all the way up. You'll cross the creek several times, hopping on one rock to the next. Watch out for the...More

Thank CaTraveler7777
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Rating depends on how far up the trail you go. It's a popular hike with locals, so quite doable if you're in decent but not peak shape. Shady much of the way, flowers, stream crossings, rocks to sit on, views to admire. Bring water and...More

Thank IdeasAndOpinions
Reviewed 7 January 2017

Rattlesnake trail follows a tributary of Mission Creek up Rattlesnake Canyon into the Los Padres Nat'l Forest. It's one of the most popular hikes in the area. Lots of swimming holes if there has been rain (kind of rare lately). Bring water (seriously, do bring...More

Thank SophiesAunt
Reviewed 27 July 2016

We hiked this trail with a group ranging from 5 years old to 70, and we all found it enjoyable. There are a couple areas that you need to climb up some rocks, but overall the grade is moderate, and you'll be rewarded with some...More

Thank CRNord
Reviewed 15 July 2016

We´ve been there 2015, it was very hot, beautiful and exciting. It was one of the best experiences in Santa Barbara. Great view and unbelieveable nature!!! PERFECT!!!

Thank tkrakowiak
Reviewed 15 June 2016

We started from Mission Creek and walked all the way to Gibraltar. Fantastic views over the ocean and the islands. Pack a lot of water and why not have a picnic in the park after the hike. Good shoes a must, we had a comfy...More

1  Thank Unicornone
Reviewed 15 June 2016

Loved it. Its a gradual moderate steep short hike. Water and Trail shoes as must, loose rock, so good shoe support helps. Wear pants or leggings, some paths are more narrow than others and I noticed there is a lot of Poison Ivy or Oak,...More

1  Thank akdeepdiver
Reviewed 26 January 2016

I'm a moderate hiker and I found the last quarter of this trail to be quite the work out. We took the trail all the way to Gibralter road for some amazing views of the islands and the ocean. About 5.5 miles round trip and...More

1  Thank HoneyLea
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