A group of us recently went up to Rattlesnake Canyon. It was the first time I had ever been there. It was fabulous! Just one little issue...We didn't get to spend enough time up there! I'm not going to let that happen this time.
Time: 4-4.5 hours of hiking time (Start from Willow Springs Picnic Area by 8:30 and be back there by 1)
Difficulty: Moderate-- There's lots of scrambling right from the get go. And this is exploratory after a certain point. So the terrain might get tougher. If it's too difficult, we'll turn around.
Elevation Gain:[masked]ft depending on how far we go (Google Earth)
Distance: 3+ miles round trip best estimate as I plan on hiking past the second set of terraces. I'm not really sure how far we can go back there. And I'm also not in a big hurry to get anywhere. This is a beautiful place. And I'm not going to race through it. I plan on hiking for a total of about 4-4.5 hrs round trip. We'll turn around when time dictates that we do so.
****If we do run into obstacles which block our progress, we'll just start back earlier. This scenario is a possibility
Trailhead: Willow Springs Picnic Area
Pace: Relaxed (Time for pictures and socializing) If you're in a big hurry, you've come to the wrong place.
Danger: Low (Limited Exposure)
Sue Bright wrote the following about this hike:
This is a pristine, lightly traveled canyon that looks like nothing special from lower elevations. Once you get into this canyon you will be amazed at the beauty it holds.
There is one spot with a tiny bit of exposure that scared the beejeebies out of me the first time I was there. However, when I went back a second time it seemed like nothing.
I don't anticipate any problems with this. And I will be glad to assist anybody who wants a little help.
Mike[masked] (text is best)
Bring: 2-3 liters of water, snacks and a Positive Attitude
Recommended: Hat & sunscreen.
This hike is within the scenic loop fee area. Please help your driver with entrance fee and gas.
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