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There is no official trail up Rattlesnake Canyon but many footprints indicate the way, along a sandy wash that soon enters a ravine bordered by the light gray, rounded granitic rocks on one side and darker, more jagged cliffs of Pinto gneiss on the other. The canyon bends 90 degrees, passes a section filled with large boulders then gains height more steeply via a thin, slot-like channel containing dryfalls and potholes between swirling, water-carved walls. Pools persist in some of the deeper potholes all year, while in wet weather the slot may be filled by quite a substantial stream. Please note: this hike is for strong, experienced hikers who may spend much of the time on “all fours” scrambling both up and down granite boulders.
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