RC3331 Rattlesnake Canyon

Total Miles
15.8

Elevation

1,752.09 ft

Duration

2 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

A beautiful trail that winds its way from the deserts near Johnson Valley into a lush joshua tree forest. It is approximately 16 miles in length, and can be done in any high-clearance 4x4 vehicle. A perfect trail for all levels of off-roaders. You will encounter everything from deep sand to creek crossings with some light rock crawling. Spend a couple of hours or even a whole day. There are some amazing abandoned buildings and structures within the canyon that make perfect spots to have lunch before you take a trek through the very dense forest.

Photos of RC3331 Rattlesnake Canyon

RC3331 Rattlesnake Canyon
RC3331 Rattlesnake Canyon
RC3331 Rattlesnake Canyon

Difficulty

There are some deep sandy sections where 4WD will be required during some seasons. The creek section of the trail gets very rocky, and will require careful lines and/or spotting around tight corners with ruts and rocks up to 12" in height.

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

Vanessa Marie
Apr 06, 2024
4x4
Open
Normal
Muddy/Wet
Snow/Ice
Tony V.
Mar 28, 2024
4x4
Open
Rough/Deteriorated
Muddy/Wet
3/28/24 I'm running a stock 2024 Nissan Frontier Pro4x. 4x4 and at least 10in. of clearance is a must. The youtube videos, regarding this trail, label this as a "beginner" trail, but I'd say it's more in the moderate range. It's all relevant, I guess, depending on your rig, and with all the rain/snow we've had, I'm sure the trail has changed from past videos. It'd be fair to say that MOST of the trail is on the easier side, but that's not what you need to worry about. There are areas of deep, soft sand that you want to keep momentum through. Then there are a few, small boulder, patches that you have no other way around. Take your time to get out and map out a line and/or use a spotter. Definitely made my bunghole pucker a bit, but a great feeling once we were through. Burns Canyon to Big Bear wasn't as hairy but was definitely rough with all the exposed rock from water runoff. All in all, it was a good 4.5hr trip. Remember to research, take your time and enjoy Mother Nature responsibly.
Adam Vosicka
Nov 30, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal
Dusty
Muddy/Wet
Robert Barboza
Nov 18, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal
Dusty
Muddy/Wet
Rough/Deteriorated

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