Rattlesnake Canyon

Saturday, March 30, 2019 9am

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thumbnail Rattlesnake Canyon, Capo Valley 4 Wheelers March 2019
Sunday, April 7, 2019 7:55pm


Best Times: Spring or Fall, Guide Book: BackCountry Adventures Southern California, 2002 edition, SC14

Guide to Southern California Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

This is day trip. Bring a lunch.

Rattlesnake Canyon is a popular route that heads up the mountains from Johnson Valley and ends up halfway up the East side of Big Bear. The trail is constantly changing but usually stays in the ratings of 2-4. There is a couple rock patches, mud, sand, Joshua Trees, and 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. Trail dead ends into Burns Canyon Road 2N02. Once here, you can go either left or right. Left takes you to Pioneer Town and right takes you up to the east side of Big Bear City.

Rutted and/or rocky road but an easy trail. No shelves but rocks to 9". Water crossings usually less than hub deep. Passable mud. Grades moderate, up to 15 degrees. Side hill moderate up to 15 degrees.

Rig & Run Details

The Run Liability Release Waiver must be printed, signed, and handed to the Trail Boss at the start of the Run. Click Here to Download

Ensure that your driving abilities and Rig meets the below requirements and recommendations.


  • HAM Radio on Frequency 146550 Mhz


  • 4LO Minimum Transfer Case
  • Full-Sized Spare Tire
  • Tow Straps
  • Tow Points
  • Ham Radio
  • Seat Belts
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Battery Tiedown
  • Working Brakes

Difficulty: 2

1 Graded road; Any 4x4 vehicle or higher clearance 2x4 vehicle with no other modifications
2 Road rarely maintained; 4x4 with no low bumpers. Anti-sway bar disconnects recommended. Minimum 30" tires and some off-road experience is helpful
3 Difficult terrain and road rarely maintained; 33" tires, Suspension lift, Off-road driving experience, body armor and Rear locker recommended. Stock vehicles will likely take damage
4 Very difficult terrain, road never maintained and possible erosion; 33" tires, Anti-sway bar disconnects, Rear hard locker, Off-road driving experience, and Rock sliders required. 35" tires, front locker, Full cage, and 4:1 transfer-case strongly recommended. Chance of mechanical failure and body damage
5 Extremely difficult terrain with large obstacles and roll over potential; Full cage required, 37" tires strongly recommended. Good chance of mechanical failure and strong chance of body damage

Map & Driving Directions

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Click here to download the GPS trail and waypoints for your device (GPX)
Click here to download the Printable Map trail (PDF)

Rendezvous at: Trailhead/Campsite

Take I-15 to Victorville and exit the freeway at Bear Valley.  Take Bear Valley Road east to Hwy18 .  Continue east to  Hwy 247.Old Woman Springs Road.  Take 247 east and meet at the Trailhead - Rattlesnake Canyon Road and Hwy 247 at 9 AM. It's 42 miles from I-15 to Rattlesnake Canyon Road.

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Participants (12 of 12 spots filled)

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FORD Explorer
07/11/18Rendevous00Trail Boss
JKU - Sahara
Randy meith
03 4runner
09/20/18Rendevous20Waiting membership approval. Filled out online form
thumbnailSlim Jimmy
Rubicon 10th anniversary
thumbnailSea Dawg
thumbnailRogue one
JK Rubicon
thumbnailSpo Daddy
YJ Wrangler
Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited
Mike gugert
Toyota 4 runner TRD
03/16/19Rendevous12Thanks Dave
JLU Rubicn
thumbnailBuck wild
JK Willys Edition
Graham Monteath
2018 Jeep Rubicon
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