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Rattlesnake Canyon Rattlesnake Canyon trail begins approximately 1.2 miles up Las Canoas Road from Mission Canyon Road.  Access to the trail is on the west side of the bridge crossing.  The trail moves north and eastward for 2.6 miles up Rattlesnake Canyon ending on Gibraltar Road. 

Views of Santa Barbara, Montecito, and the islands are available.  If starting at the bottom of the trail, parking is available in pullouts along Las Canoas Road and in Skofield Park.  If starting at the top of the trail, parking is available in pullouts along Gibraltar Road.  This trail is the only trail in the front country trail system to prohibit the use of bikes.

Caution. Visitors may encounter: hikers, dogs, horses, bikers, poison oak, snakes, and other wildlife Please see our trail etiquette page for tips on how to be courteous trail users.

All of Santa Barbara’s front country trails are challenging due to their steep incline, rocky terrain, and drop-offs.  Please use caution.

No bikes are allowed on this trail.

Distance: 2.6 miles to summit of 2,475 ft.

Elevation Gain: 1,354 ft

Elevation Loss: 142 ft

For more information visit this location on the map.

Last Updated: Aug 22, 2018
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