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Santa Barbara County Trails and Mountain Canyons - Rattlesnake Canyon

Goleta Gap Fire and it's aftermath
Figueroa Mountain
Trails and Mountain Canyons

Saint Mary's Seminary and views of Rattlesnake Canyon Slideshow July 25, 2015

Rattlesnake Canyon view from the meadow
Rattlesnake Canyon Slideshow - Fire Ecology - December 20, 2012

Rattlesnake Canyon view toward the sea

Rattlesnake Canyon, Santa Barbara County, CA - May 30, 2010
Two fires have gone through this canyon in the last few years, the Montecito Tea Fire in November 2008 and the Jesusitas Fire in May 2009. Many wildflowers such as Golden Yarrow, Morning Glory and Elegant Clarkia were in bloom.

Jesusita fire NASA  image

NASA image Jesusita Fire, California, from May 13, 2009

Jesusita Fire May 6, 2009 - by May 9th there were over 8,000 acres burned and more than 90 properties damaged or lost

Dramatic Pictures of the Jesusita Fire from Scotts Blog

Ray Ford article on the state of the trails after the Jesusita Fire

Rattlesnake Canyon Trail afte the fire

Rattlesnake Canyon after the November 2008 Tea Fire - March 28, 2009

I had a wonderful early spring hike up Rattlesnake Canyon Trail. It left me feeling uplifted to see the new growth after the gentle nicely spaced rains this winter. The Goleta Mountains old burned areas look green as well after the rains. It is strange how worried I was about how the canyons would be after the fire. Rattlesnake is just as wonderful and perhaps even more so because of being able to witness the miraculous recovery from fire.

Ceanothus
Rattlesnake Canyon - Ceanothus in full bloom, California Chaparral
Santa Barbara Foothills - March 17, 2007

Rattlesnake Canyon

Rattlesnake Canyon July 6th 2004
Santa Barbara Foothills, Rattlesnake Canyon trail, Rainbow Trout, Pearly Everlasting

Rattlesnake Canyon, December 31, 2003
Last day of the year late afternoon

Santa Barbara Links

Steven Pinker's Photos of Santa Barbara, the Pacific Coast, & San Francisco II  (Some very beautiful shots of Santa Barbara, some from the air)

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