Rattlesnake Canyon - RC3331

Big Bear City, California (San Bernardino County)

Last Updated: 09/09/2020
5 / 5 ( 23 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Difficulty: 3-4
( MODERATE )
Length: 15.95 miles
Highest Elevation: 5948 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: South
Nearest Town: Big Bear City
Nearest Town w/ Services: Big Bear City
Official Road Name: 2N69Y, 2N70Y, RC3331
Management Agency: BLM or San Bernardino National Forest
District: Barstow Field Office or Mountain Top District
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Highlight: Rattlesnake Canyon - RC3331
Rattlesnake Canyon or RC3331 is a popular overland route that takes you into the San Bernardino Mountains from Old Women Springs Road in Johnson Valley California. Known for its amazing views and rich history, this popular easy to intermediate off-road trail will leave you wanting to come back. While on the route, expect easily navigable rocky areas, mud, soft sand, Joshua Trees, amazing views, flowing springs, and great memories. Near Orange and Los Angeles County, this trail sees a lot of people looking for the ultimate escape from the city life. Come out and see why this is one of the most popular offroad adventures in the San Bernardino Mountain Range.

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Advanced Rating System

Recommended Vehicle:
Stock SUV with High Clearance and 4 Low
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Summary:
The trail gets it rating because of two things, first is the soft sand on the trail requiring 2wd vehicles to air down, the second is a large rock sticking out of the ground/waterfall at 45 degrees that you drive up. it is about 1 1/2 feet tall but is more of a ramp vs waterfall. On the backside, the ground is higher but high ground clearance will be required here.

Technical Rating: 3-4
( MODERATE )

Typically, more rock or undulated road surface. Potential rocks and/or tree stumps less than 12" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 12" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 24" inches. Tire placement becomes more difficult. Can be steep.
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Description

Rattlesnake Canyon is a popular constantly changing overland route that usually stays in the ratings of 2-4. Because of the year-round spring, the trail conditions constantly change which the trail floats in the 2-4 rating. Most stock high ground clearance 4x4's should easily be able to do this trail with some line picking to get through the harder areas. Don't be afraid to get out of the vehicle and look for alternate paths or at any of the obstacles on the trail. Most of the obstacles are deceivingly hard but are very easy. Along the route, there are a couple of rock patches, mud, sand, Joshua Tree forests, and springs that provide water along the trail. The trail does drive through a live cattle ranch so please be polite the entire time on the trail and do not honk or mess with the cattle. The north end of the trail does pass through private property but it is an easement for the road. Thus, make sure you are extra cautious and drive slow as you pass the house that is against the hills just before waypoint 2. While on the route you will see many abandoned cabins from the mining days up there along with year-round springs. The trail does get snow in the winter which makes this even more fun. If you want something hard, Motino (Mojito) Wash splits off the trail roughly 11.6 miles in. This trail is one of the hardest trails known in Big Bear range. Once at the top of the trail, you can go either left or right. Left takes you to Pioneer Town where right takes you up to the east side of Big Bear City.
The trail is shared with live stock, please be careful and do not disturb the live stock.

Waypoints

1. Exit Highway - Head South (0 mi)
When heading East, exit Highway 247 Old Women Springs Road at the dirt road just after the east part of the turn in the S-turn. This is a good spot to air down due to the roughness of the dirt road getting back to the canyon entrance.
2. Canyon Entrance - Continue Straight (4.48 mi)
After traversing the desert, you will come to a narrow canyon with lots of rock debris from it. This is the beginning of Rattlesnake Canyon.
3. Motino (Mojito) Wash Entrance - Stay South (12.17 mi)
Motino (Mojito) Wash Trail Entrance. If you enjoy rock crawling then this is a fun side trail for you. Probably the hardest trail on the San Bernardino National Forest Range, Motino Wash will not let you down. Just be ready because the chances of breaking are huge. The trail does connect back to the main trail just up the way. More info can be found at: Motino Wash
4. Exit Canyon and Old Structures - Head East (13.46 mi)
The trail eventually leaves Rattle Snake Canyon to head up into a Joshua Tree Forest, but just before it does it enters into an area of lush green oasis which are fed by several natural springs. The popular spring in the area is named Viscera Spring. This area still has remains of old cabins and windmills from when people used to live out here. The trail exits the canyon to the east. Just follow the main path. If you may remember staying in the canyon all the way to 2N02, chances are you are remembering correctly. Over the years the trail got very hard and the forest service closed the trail.
5. Cross Wash and Enter Joshua Tree Forest - Stay East (13.7 mi)
At this point of the trail you are now leaving Rattlesnake Canyon and you are going to head up to the Joshua Tree Forest. If you are insane, have a built rig, and are one hell of a driver, you and your group can continue up the wash to Upper Rattlesnake Canyon. If you continue to follow the now Rattlesnake Canyon path, you will quickly climb out of wash and pass through a massive Joshua Tree Forest. The great thing is this area is rarely visited by humans so it makes for a great retreat.
6. Motino Wash End - Head Southwest (14.07 mi)
This is where Motino Wash ends and meets back up with Rattlesnake Canyon. Please note to get to the canyon there is a small dirt road that connects the two. More info can be found at: Motino Wash
7. Trail End at 2N02 Burns Canyon - Head North If Running In Reverse (15.91 mi)
Trail connects with Burns Canyon Road 2N02. Once here, you can go either left or right. Left takes you to Pioneer Town while right takes you up to the east side of the mountains to Baldwin Lake and Big Bear City. More info can be found at: 2N02 Burns Canyon

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.370156, -116.651242

Starting Point: Lacurne Valley, CA

When heading east, exit Highway 247 Old Women Springs Road at the dirt road just after the S-turn to the left. There is a small shack just past the turn off. 18.25 miles from Lucerne. Or 26.5 Miles from highway 62 in Yucca Valley. "34.370156, -116.651242"

Camping

Dispersed
The San Bernardino National Forest is a nearby oasis for millions of Southern Californians who want to escape for the weekend and go camping. The higher elevations of the forest mean that the summertime temperatures are cooler than the valleys below. And as an added bonus most campgrounds have shaded sites and some are near streams or lakes. Many campgrounds are adjacent to beautiful natural areas and you can find solitude on quiet wilderness trails. Some campgrounds are reserved campsites, and on weekends or holidays we definitely recommend making a reservation. To do this, visitors can go online to www.recreation.gov or call toll-free 1-877-444-6777. Most campgrounds can accommodate both tent campers and RV's. All campgrounds have picnic tables and restroom facilities, and some even have showers and other amenities. Most campsites accommodate up to 6 people and 2 tents. There may be an additional cost for more than one vehicle. The Forest Service describes camping as either "developed" (usually accessible by road and including facilities like picnic tables, restrooms and fire-rings) or "undeveloped/dispersed" (remote areas accessible only by dirt roads or trails, no facilities). During winter months some locations may be inaccessible due to snow or closed, check with the local Ranger Station for updated conditions. More info can be found at: San Bernardino National Forest Camping
Camping: Rattlesnake Canyon - RC3331

Trail Reviews (31)

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The trail is looking good. I would say 90% of it is easy but that 10% will send a lot of stock vehicles back the way they came. From the bottom you can do most of the trail before you get to the hard area. A short wheel base with 32" tires got me though with just some rock stacking and a scrape here or there. A longer wheel base would need to take some of the rocks head on. No one was on the trail and it was getting hot out. I had the trail to my self until just before I hit Burns Canyon Road. There are some really cool rock formations great for some photos, and water was still flowing in some places. Few cows, it was too hot for them they were nearly all hiding. A little rain could move the sand around and change up the canyon again.

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Decent trail. Lots of cattle. Favorite part is the J tree forest. I’d say this is more moderate to hard, depending if people move rocks to get over obstacles. There are some relatively tight squeezes with turns so if you are long wheelbase or pretty wide...it may get tricky for you. Some areas are wet right now. There are a handful of rocky obstacles where placement and picking the right line is very important. It would be good to go with another capable 4x4, if you are just starting out. And I think a higher clearance vehicle is better for this trail. Stockers might run into issues with the obstacles. Took this down to Burns Canyon.

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Ran this with a small group on New Year's Day, starting from the 247 and connecting with Burns Canyon into Big Bear. Fun, scenic trail with nicely varied terrain. Photos don't do Rattlesnake Canyon justice; it's really quite spectacular in person. However, the difficulty ratings of the trails in this area are not quite accurate or consistent. Rattlesnake is certainly not easier than adjacent Burns Canyon, which is listed as "moderate" while this trail is rated "Easy". The handful of rock obstacles on this trail would give a solo inexperienced off roader in a stock vehicle a very hard time and possibly cause body damage. By comparison, Burns Canyons has literally no obstacles. We had a beginner in our group with a stock Gladiator Rubicon and he made it through okay with some spotting. If he were solo, he would've been in trouble. All in all, this is a great trail and is now my favorite way to get to Big Bear.

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The trail is pretty nice. I started about 30 minutes before sunset. There were two spots that were a little sketchy for my stock Jeep Gladiator. The first I had to really pick a nice line and take my time and I still scrapped my undercarriage. The second spot was the picture. Its a tight right turn with a couple of good size rocks to try to avoid before you get to a descent size boulder. I rearranged some already stacked rocks and managed to make it through. If I had 35s and a lift it would have been slightly easier in those two spots. All the rest is pretty scenic. Definitely want to do again. I connected it with Burns Canyon, 2N02.

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Ran in our 3rd gen Tacoma TRDOR w/2" lift and 33 MT's. Got some minor rock rash on sliders and arms but if I was driving smarter lines it would easily have been a no-contact trail. Amazing experience that is highly recommended (in dry weather conditions); plenty of cattle, rodents, trickling streams, birds, etc. on the ride up into a beautiful Joshua Tree forest that is more dense than Joshua Tree NP itself, with interspersed mining structures. Highly recommended. Make sure you gas up and have some snacks/lunch for stopping along the way. Finished the trail via Burns Canyon to Baldwin Lake.

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My wife and I ran this trail yesterday, for the most part the trail is pretty easy. At around mile 9 it starts to get rocky and I would rate it as moderate to some what difficult, maybe due to all the rain we had last winter. At about the 10 mile mark there was a small bolder in the middle of the road where at the same time the road narrows. At this point it became impassable and had to turn around. I was driving a stock Ford Ranger 4x4 with good A/T tires, if your are in a lifted vehicle with 35 inch tires you probably will not call the parts I called difficult that, but I don’t think you will get past that big rock. The section in the accompanying image I would call moderate to give some reference.

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Ran the trail to get to the old Rattlesnake Canyon Upper. Still rather easy and never put in 4wd.

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Great trail. Hard to know where it stops and other start. Much is easy but there are some technical areas that my wife had to spot for me. I have clearance but no sliders so most was quick!

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We choose Rattlesnake Canyon as its shown as green or easy on the TOR map and we discovered it is anything but. Expecting typical sandy desert track we found ourselves in a very difficult narrow large rock strewn valley. I think that section is actually Rattlesnake canyon. Before you take this trail realize there are NO BYPASS's to the difficult sections. It either turn around or push through. We came in the opposite direction of the authors map and on coming upon the first obstacle at the south entrance to the canyon (N34° 16.856' W116° 39.539') it looked impassible but walking it revealed a doable path with a sharp right angle turn requiring a Y turn to make. We had a lifted Jeep with 34" tires and at this point and further north on the trail there are other obtacles we took some hits to the armor underneath but at the end of the day no visible damage on the outside. At times any indication of a trail disappears and you driving on a rocky dry creek bed with no visible tire tracks but impossible to get lost in the narrow canyon. It reminded a lot of the TOR map colored orange Berdoo Canyon in the Joshua Tree National Park. That all said if your up to the driving challenge its a beautiful and fun offroad challenging drive. The canyon rock formations are striking and the southern entrance is through a beautiful Joshua Tree forest. Water was running down the center of the canyon and we counted about 18 cattle grazing and watering. Still very narrow one needs to gentle move forward to persuade the cattle off the path. Towards the end of the road near 247 its easy to follow the road onto a private ranch at N34° 20.378' W116° 41.629' be sure to keep left (if heading north). At Burns Canyon intersection, where we began the road to Rattlesnake the temperature was 88 degrees and when we got to Hwy 247 it was 108 degrees. Be aware there is no cover for miles around near the intersection of Rattlesnake and Hwy247 and it was too hot to air up and reconnect. We decided to drive west on Hwy 247 and at about 10 miles found a park in Lucern Valley where we pulled over, aired up and reconnected in the comfort of the shade.

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Very fun trail!!! We ran the trail as intended from Lucerne Valley into Big Bear. Great trail for all off road experiences because you can take on your choice of difficult extra credit lines or stick to the main trail. There are sections once you get into the creek area where the water runs through the trail that get the 4 rating because you will want 4x4 high clearance due to the tight turns with rocks that you will have to carefully navigate through. Careful lines & spotters can be helpful if you are new ( We had 2 in our group ) otherwise fun little obstacles to keep you entertained. A great trail that I will be visiting again soon in the future!

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Very cool trail! We started from Lucerne Valley and headed up to Big Bear for the night. The tail is very scenic and it took our group of (4) about 2 hours to complete. No concerns for a vehicle with 33" tires and a small lift. A stock vehicle can do it but expect some bumps and scarps. There are a couple of tight turns but with some spotting you'll be ok. Oh, watch out for the cow poo!! We saw a ton of that crap (lol) and cows all along the trail. Pretty cool to see wild life hanging out and watching you go by. Overall, a really cool trail to experience and has a little of everything.

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This was nice nice long trail in our 2020 JLU w/33" A/T tires and stock, no lift. We started at Old Woman Springs road coming from where we live in Joshua Tree. It starts out as many trails do around here on the flats in a rather large wash. Pretty sandy throughout, and as you start gently gaining in elevation there are some natural springs that were still running at the end of June. It made the trail a bit sandy/muddy, but also made it fun as this time of year water on the trail is pretty rare. There were some points as we got higher in elevation that I needed my spotter (beautiful wife) and at times we would both get out and discuss options. I scrapped the bottom (no damage) twice and there were also some very tight turns. I read where there were some pick-up trucks on this trail and I can't for the life of me figure out how they would be able to make these turns. I have a JLU and it was really tight. I kind of wonder if we got off on a side trail as this was more difficult in terms of clearance then the description made it out to be. I don't think we got on Motino because that's an out and back and we were able to travel right on through. It is a bit difficult to navigate because there are trail leading everywhere, but they all seem to meet back up with the main trail at some point being that it's in a canyon. We then continued on Burns Canyon trail and had lunch In Big Bear. We took the highway back down to Old Woman and then home. It's a great trail with lots of different variants and I highly recomend.

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This is such a fun trail! We came from Big Bear and took it back towards the Apple Valley side where most people start. When you get to the area around Heartbreak Ridge, there are a bunch of great places to camp. I wouldn't recommend camping at any of the turnoff type spots near the main track. I'd say you wouldn't want to attempt this trail in a 2WD vehicle, although some may be able to pull it off. Right now the water is still running in the canyon so it makes for some cool little mudding spots. Lots of cattle in the canyon and the Joshua Tree forest is epic. Plenty of legal places to shoot guns as well. Really fun trail, want to come back when the season changes and maybe see a little bit of snow.

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Brought my stock FJ cruiser there, drove from Old Woman Spring Rd and up. Heard the recently rain washed the creek bed away and exposed more rocks, defiantly the limit for STOCK FJ or 4runner if you DO NOT want to have any damage to your vehicle. I was driving very careful and still scratched my front bumper but oh well it was fun. 4LO is for sure needed, I didn't want to take chance so rear locker and Atrac were all engaged during hard parts. It's perfect trail for beginners want to taste some intermediate trails, because it's fun and you get to use all the gimmick but the hard parts are not too long. It was fun to see all the cattle, we saw at least 50 of them.

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So glad the trail was open. Saw three other vehicles. Great run, beautiful wildlife, great description. Great day to go up, over the mountain to the lakes and back home to civilization. The Joshua Tree forest is pretty amazing! I'm new to the website and watched the YouTube vid a couple of times, printed out the route on the website, and had no problem. You really go somewhere, see an amazing array of nature, some cool artifacts and victims of the harsh environment, all while having a great time with a bit of some maneuvering and low-range thrown in. A great day!

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Wonderful mixture of terrain going from the desert floor into low alpine territory. We had a Tacoma 4x4 and a FJ Cruiser. The Taco is a 4-door with full size bed, so quiet a bit longer than the FJ. Going through the creek section the trail is very manageable with the right approach. Deep sand, rocky ledges, tight turns and ever changing scenery make this a really fun trail.

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Fun easy trail. Lots of traffic but wide enough to get around them. Very nice scenery water from spring makes it better. Very cool 2wd trail.

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Our trip started with the Wildhorse Meadow Trail and ended here... GREAT trail and very beautiful! The owner of the land grants access, but he says a lot more people are disrespectful than used to be, leaving trash and scaring the cattle. We need to respect this trail and the owner's property and cattle or we will lose the ability to enjoy this amazing trail. There are a few places where there are tight turns and longer vehicles are likely to get some pin striping! There are also about 4 places where you are crawling over some good sized rocks. A quick note on Jeeping Common Sense: We had to help boulder straddled, lone stock 2012 Jeep with a lone driver, no tools, and no water, that was going in the opposite direction. Once we helped him, I suggested he follow us back out, because it was worse further up. He decided to continue. SO leave flowers at the Jeep with the skeleton in the driver seat. :)

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Ran part of the trail with Adventure Offroad at the 1st ever Jeep Bash. What a great trip!!!

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This adventure was recommended by our Son who has done it a few times prior in a lifted 4Runner made for elevated off gridding. I have an above average 2010 4Runner, no longer stock, but not lifted. In any case, he was our guide up Rattlesnake Canyon, and we've already done 2N02 to Baldwin Lake. Started from HWY 247, pretty easy, sighting cattle, and drove with respect... Entering canyon started to get rocky, nothing extreme, but IMO there are four what the Boy called 'Gates", I made 3, and the last one wound up with a memory scrape on the lower fender. My fault for not waiting for the spotter...Use one & you will be fine. At this time there is seeping water/mud & lots of flowers to see. If you go, try not to tear it up any more in the mud, same with 2N02, it's getting bad, just because you can, doesn't mean you have to.... Have Fun. let's make it last... Not recommended for rookies, or being self guided/alone. We saw nothing but cattle & nice scenery for 41 miles... And, it's getting hot. 90+ degrees all the way up to 5000'.

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Very nice, easy trail to run. The Joshua tree forest is beautiful and so is the canyon! There are a few rocky areas that any stock truck should be able to clear, some sharp turns and narrow areas where a longer wheel base truck may end up with some pin striping, but not too bad. I did it in a 1999 Mitsubishi Montero on 33's and had no issues.

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I visited this trail for the first time in a 4x4 Extended Cab Silverado. I had to turn back at around 10 mile marker when the turns got really sharp. There was no way to make some turns when I had to deal with both the rocks on the road and the tight turns. The first 10 miles are definitely fun and easy. Just be prepared to turn around when driving a longer vehicle.

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Great scenic trail! We got to experience right after snow had hit the mountains, which made the joshua tree forest even more magical. There was only one rocky obstacle that required a little oomph to get over (JK w/2.5" lift on 35"s), but that may have been because everything was still wet.

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Great trail and scenic. There are about 3 rocky obstacles I found to be a little more difficult than I expected. Needed some one to spot me. Ran with my stock rubicon and a stock Tacoma OR. A little more clearance would have made the trail a bit easier. The best part was the Joshua Tree forest.

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Ran this trail in my Zj into big bear with my buddy who ran a 2017 taco on km3s. We didn’t make it there until it was dark but from what I could see it seemed like a beautiful trail with plenty of fun obstacles. I underestimated how long the trail actually was and ended up using 10 gallons of spare fuel. I’m definitely going to run this trail again during the daylight

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Been running this trail for years. As with many trails in the area, it seems to change just a little bit every year. This might be the 5th or 6th time I ran this trail this summer/fall and the water just started flowing again. I love seeing the springs flow. Anyway, we jumped out and ran motino really quick before heading back over to the springs for a relaxing lunch. Love this trail. #FalkenTires

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Ran the trail as part of a Motino and Rattlesnake Canyon day. Such a great combo for trails. We did our normal and had lunch at the springs. Check out the fish, but this time we spent the extra time and went to the cabins. Haven't done that in a long time. So cool... The trail was torn up a little. Still an accurate rating, that is a stock 2wd high ground clearance could likely do the full trail, with help from airing down and a locker in spots. The trail was softer than normal which made it sort of rough in spots. But all in all the trail is extremely beautiful and perfect for a new group of wheelers. #FalkenTires

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Ran this trail from Johnson Valley up to Burns Canyon in a completely stock 2017 Tacoma TRD4x4OR and mostly stock 2016 Chevy Colorado Z71. Although I'd say a 4x4 vehicle is absolutely necessary, the trail was pretty easy for the first 10 miles with mostly loose sand and moguls. Some tight turns might scratch up the side of a full size truck, but well worth the drive with all the beautiful canyon views! At about the 10 mile mark from the Old Woman Springs turnoff is where the trail has it's first true "4" obstacle that required some good spotting to get our stock trucks through it, but we made it without hassle. Definitely looked like this obstacle took its toll on some vehicles with scattered plastic, cuts in the rocks, and oil spots visible. Another mile up the trail was another "4" obstacle that involved a tight turn for our trucks while rock crawling over some large and loose rocks. Other than those 2 obstacles though this trail was probably a 2-3 rating but those certainly made it a 4. Check out the video for a detailed report of the run from start to finish!

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First time on this trail. Absolutely beautiful drive. We drove down from Highway 38 just below Onyx Summit (2N02) through Broom flats to get to it. We took it down to Johnson Valley. I drive a lifted Tundra. It’s a little tight in a few rocky places for a long wheelbase but not difficult. We went on a Tuesday and didn’t see another soul, just cattle, quail, doves and jackrabbits.

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Really great trail, ran right after it rained and it was mostly bone dry except for a part where a spring came up. Saw a few steer sitting around in the shade. The trail is mostly pretty easy, but there's few rocky areas where low range is helpful no matter which way you're running it. Very scenic and well worth the trip!

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This was my first time running this trail...and what a fantastic trail it is! From the high canyon walls to the ancient Joshua Tree forest that await you at the end of the trail - it's packed with fun things to see and also just difficult enough to keep you focused on where you are going. Interestingly, I was able to still experience the overflow from multiple natural springs that created wet spots along the trail - not sure if this is due to the recent rainfalls or if this is a normal occurrence throughout the year - but it does make for fun mud slinging. I like the fact that the end of this trail puts you on Burns Canyon, which is also another great trail that leads to many other ancillary trails like Tip Top Mountain, Heartbreak Ridge and Sidewinder Canyon.

Questions & Answers (4)

Q: hi guys wife and I want to try this trail.. lifted 4x4 so ok I think (prob regret that later lol).. we have a rooftop tent and wd like to know if there are nice sites along the trail or after someone can recommend? nice view wd be golden, it's our wedding anniversary and we bith def need a 2 day break from work :) tx
–Francois Brand (01/14/2020)
A: I personally like at waypoint 4. Very cool area. You can also come down from 2n02 which is a much easier drive
–Josh Noesser (01/15/2020)
Q: Tacoma 2wd with locker. Can it make through this trail ?
–David (06/08/2019)
A: Possibly, not guaranteed. You might need to use some momentum in spots if you can make it.
–Josh Noesser (06/09/2019)
Q: What's the recommended clearance for Rattlesnake Canyon? I have a Jeep Cherokee 4X4.
–Kelly (03/10/2018)
A: A stock Cherokee has enough clearance... There are a few spots you will have to pick a line through. But a stock 4x4 can do Rattlesnake Canyon. 5-8 Inches is more than enough.
–Josh Noesser (03/10/2018)
Q: can i drive 2/w nisson xtetta up rattlesnake canyon
–bill wrigjt (03/09/2017)
A: I wouldn't recommend it. There are a few spots where ground clearance is required and 4wd would help a lot. The chances of getting stuck or broke are much higher in a 2wd. I would recommend 3N16 or Gold Fever Trail for 2wd vehicles.
–Josh Noesser (03/09/2017)

Writer Information

Josh Noesser

Mapping Crew - California

Joshua Noesser grew up in Southern California but has lived in different parts of the country during his young adult life. Josh was first turned to four wheeling when he road with one of his friends dad up Surprise Canyon in the Panamint Valley at age14. After nearly 3 different roll overs later and a half dozen intense waterfalls, Josh was hooked. At 16 he purchased his first Jeep a CJ 7 and by 17 was putting his first locker in it. Currently, Josh is the owner and CEO of Nybble, an IT Solutions Company based in Orange County, California. Nybble isn't your normal IT company where everyone stays in and plays video games. Nybble's average company trip is out on the trails since a good amount of his staff enjoy wheeling too. As Josh likes to say, he offers the only IT Company with the ability to provide services in extreme locations. "If you want a server at the top of The Hammers, we will take care of that for you." Today you can find Josh out on the trail behind the wheel in one of his three different off-road vehicles. See the vehicles below for more information. If you ever run into Josh, please say high, he is a very friendly person and is always happy to have a new person join the group.
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