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Address: Las Canoas, Santa Barbara, CA

A popular, moderate rated, multi-use trail, good for hiking, biking and...

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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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 significant water. As you get deeper into the canyon the trail rises past pools... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Davis, California
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Davis, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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. Continuing up on the tunnel trail brings you to open meadows with expansive ocean views.... More 

Thank jg1004
San Juan Capistrano, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 poison oak. Plan on about 3 hours.

Thank CaTraveler7777
Santa Barbara, California
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Reviewed 17 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 snacks. OK for dogs and kids (assuming you pay attention to them and bring poop... More 

Thank IdeasAndOpinions
Santa Barbara, California
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105 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 6 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 water) and watch out for ticks and poison oak. You might actually see a rattlesnake,... More 

Thank SophiesAunt
Rochester, Minnesota
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7 reviews
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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 great views of Santa Barbara and the ocean.

Thank CRNord
Munich, Germany
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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
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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 temp in the mid 80:s and a cooling breeze.

1 Thank Unicornone
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263 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 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, not sure which but I do know they are either one. We hiked it when... More 

1 Thank akdeepdiver
Santa Barbara, California
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66 reviews
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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 a 1500 foot elevation climb but well worth it! Make sure to pack plenty of... More 

1 Thank HoneyLea
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5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 20 January 2016 via mobile

Walk along to start of Rattlesnake trail from Mission Creek. Then cut left to join top of Tunnel trail at about 2400 feet. Back down to your start. A perfect 13k loop with just 3 or 4K on road. Fabulous views, great variety of hiking trails.

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