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    I've seen about 5 snakes in PQ canyon this year too. If you haven't noticed there's an absolutely INSANE amount of bunnies in that canyon which explains the excessive snakes. I see bunnies running across the trail almost the whole Freakin time. Even worse I saw a mountain lion on the far north west side of the canyon chasing after something in the bushes. Highly unusual for a mt lion to be out this far west, but one was found dead on the road out here earlier this year.

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    This afternoon my wife and I took the dog for a walk around Lake Calavera, and right in the middle of the trail near Skyhaven drive was a baby Rattler, about 1foot and a few inches long. I tried to skoot him off the trail but the only stick I could find near me was really short, and he just coiled up and started rattling when I went to move him, so we moved on. Later I saw people near where I spotted him yelling and such, hopefully no one got bit, I think they were prob just messing with the little guy.

    Then on the other side of the lake we came across a baby Gardner snake about the same length, laying across the trail.


    It was like 58f and the wind was blowing, plus it is nearly December, what the heck are snakes doing out right now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Klurejr View Post
    It was like 58f and the wind was blowing, plus it is nearly December, what the heck are snakes doing out right now?
    Last supper before bed time? Confused by the hot spell perhaps?

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    Since it's my first year down here, I was sort of wondering when rattlesnake season ended. I also figured they'd go away once it got cold, but then remembered I saw them up in Big Bear when it was relatively cool up there. Not too long ago, just after day light savings, I was riding at night by moonlight and ran over something that sort of snapped and brushed off my shoe with a clunk and gave off about one second of the tell tale "water sprinkler" rattle sound, but it didn't rattle as I rode off. I was hoping it was just a wayward weed in the middle of the trail, rather than me running over a rattler and it making an attempt at my ankle/calf/shin. I didn't go back to check.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klurejr View Post
    This afternoon my wife and I took the dog for a walk around Lake Calavera, and right in the middle of the trail near Skyhaven drive was a baby Rattler, about 1foot and a few inches long. I tried to skoot him off the trail but the only stick I could find near me was really short, and he just coiled up and started rattling when I went to move him, so we moved on. Later I saw people near where I spotted him yelling and such, hopefully no one got bit, I think they were prob just messing with the little guy.

    Then on the other side of the lake we came across a baby Gardner snake about the same length, laying across the trail.


    It was like 58f and the wind was blowing, plus it is nearly December, what the heck are snakes doing out right now?
    Rattle snakes are out and about all year here in sunny SoCal.

    Took me a while to figure that out after moving here from Montana.

    They're just a little slower and less "active" in the winter it seems.

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    I was just shocked to see 2 snakes on such a cold and cloudy day.
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    I bunny-hopped a baby rattler a few weeks ago, on a cold day not long after rain. It was about the size of a #2 pencil. Good thing, because the air I got bunny-hopping was about the diameter of a sharpie.

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    Back in the '80's we were on a group ride of around 15 riders. We started from Sorrento Valley and went under I-5 through the storm drain that led to the PQ mesa area. I was riding last in the long line through the pipe when I heard someone yell SNAKE and lots of commotion. The rider in front of me could see the snake and stopped. Everyone but us had either run over the snake or narrowly missed it. We followed the dazed rattler out of the pipe where he slithered up the embankment and into the bushes. I bet he was wondering what happened!

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    Chula Vista CA, Otay Lakes

    Around the upper lake today, coming off Proctor Valley rd, after the short climb up to the trail that leads around the upper lake to the lower lake. He wasn't there when I went down but about five minutes later on my way up right at the top BAM there he was.

    Found a branch gave him a gently nudge, he gave me a little rattle and off he went into the bushes.
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    THAT IS A BIG SNAKE BRO!!!!! Jan 29th...... wow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CEB View Post
    THAT IS A BIG SNAKE BRO!!!!! Jan 29th...... wow!

    Saw a big as one at Lake Hodges sunning himself. He took up the whole width of the trail, and would not move.

    Had to turn around a go a different way. Must be the warm Santa Ana conditions we have had lately.

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    It's been several years now, but I recall a January where the temps hit the 80s & 90s in Los Angeles for a few weeks and the buzzers came out. The poor things must have been all confused. The following week, the temps dropped sharply, the rains started, and Winter began. I assume that the sudden weather swing led to alot of snake deaths.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CEB View Post
    THAT IS A BIG SNAKE BRO!!!!! Jan 29th...... wow!
    Looks bigger in the pics was only about 2 half feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CEB View Post
    THAT IS A BIG SNAKE BRO!!!!! Jan 29th...... wow!
    I saw this one at the top of sycamore today....stretched out almost the entire length of the trail. Probably 3 feet or so, maybe a little longer. I rode past it and it didn't even budge.

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    If you don't like snakes, then I do not recommend that you ride Andersen Truck Trail in Alpine. The biggest rattlesnake I've ever seen was laying across the trail. Absolutely huge snake (I'd guess close to 7 feet).

    I wish I had a picture of it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wjphillips View Post
    If you don't like snakes, then I do not recommend that you ride Andersen Truck Trail in Alpine. The biggest rattlesnake I've ever seen was laying across the trail. Absolutely huge snake (I'd guess close to 7 feet).

    I wish I had a picture of it...
    Yeah concidering there's not a rattlesnake species in California that grows to 7'. Are you sure you weren't in the Florida Everglades and spotted a Python.
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    So I shoot off all full of bravado, hit this wee booter - grabbing some air, then I land - leading into a greasy rut.

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    Oak Leaf Rattler

    I've hit oak leaf rattlers several times riding at Boggs. Mostly when there are fallen oak leafs to get stuck in my fork.

    That noise just gets my attention, rattler or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE, View Post
    Yeah concidering there's not a rattlesnake species in California that grows to 7'. Are you sure you weren't in the Florida Everglades and spotted a Python.
    I grew up in east county so I've seen my fair share of snakes and that one in Alpine was not a typical rattle snake. I don't think it was quite 7 feet, but it was definitely bigger than the average.

    I've also seen desert tortoise, horned lizards, deer and bobcats out there. But no mountain lions. I know they are out there, but I have yet to see one.

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    I saw a bobcat a couple of weeks ago on the south side trail
    at PQ near the waterfall. I use to see bobcats all the time in the
    old days, but not much these days. In my 50+ years of being
    outdoors I have yet to see a mountain lion in the wild. I would
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    A mountain lion chased a big buck across the trail right in front of us coming down Noble one morning. It was huge. Night rides have never been the same for me since.
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    The reptiles are coming out of hiding, boys!

    A friend texted a picture of a rattler on a trail in Griffith Park. I saw two Alligator Lizards on my afternoon ride in Sully today.

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    I'm going to start packin' Xanax on my rides thanks to this thread . . . .
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    Haven't seen one yet this "season," but the rabbits were out in force at Cheseboro last weekend, so the rattlers can't be far behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PerfectZero View Post
    Haven't seen one yet this "season," but the rabbits were out in force at Cheseboro last weekend, so the rattlers can't be far behind.
    Careful of those rabbits man . . . some of em' have FANGS!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PerfectZero View Post
    Haven't seen one yet this "season," but the rabbits were out in force at Cheseboro last weekend, so the rattlers can't be far behind.
    That place has more rabbits per capita than anywhere else on Earth!

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    Saw one at ATT today on the road out. Spooked me as I wasn't expecting to see one out there this early in the year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg View Post
    That place has more rabbits per capita than anywhere else on Earth!
    Yeah, seriously! They pop out of the bushes right in front of me every time. I'm brushing up on my rabbit stew recipes for the spring.

    I think the warm weather is throwing everything out of whack.

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    Both Sycamore Canyon
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    Just ran over an adolescent rattler(2 foot plus) about an hour ago, barreling down a 2-track off-camber in the light/shadow looked like one of many sticks. Went back and could see the dirt where I hit, thought I broke him but he he slithered away just fine. First on ever and couldn't get the camera out in time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duzitall View Post
    A mountain lion chased a big buck across the trail right in front of us coming down Noble one morning. It was huge. Night rides have never been the same for me since.
    Did you see the Mountain Lion? Or just the Deer.
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    So I shoot off all full of bravado, hit this wee booter - grabbing some air, then I land - leading into a greasy rut.

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    Almost tagged this one

    Tapia Canyon, the lower portion of the Junkyard trail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duzitall View Post
    A mountain lion chased a big buck across the trail right in front of us coming down Noble one morning. It was huge. Night rides have never been the same for me since.
    Did you see the Mountain Lion? Or just the Deer.
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    So I shoot off all full of bravado, hit this wee booter - grabbing some air, then I land - leading into a greasy rut.

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    I saw a rattler last week but didn't hit it.

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    I saw three snakes out at el prieto the other day, two rattlers and one of something else.

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    Saw a rattler just south of the Black Mountain Road Park staging area on the Lusardi Creek loop last weekend.

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    Scary moment

    2 years ago I came around a corner and saw a huge rattler coiled up sunning itself on the single track (PQ). I locked up my front brake and flew over the bars nearly landing on top of it.

    I thought that for sure I would be struck by it...no doubt.

    I did the ol' stop, drop and roll thing you learn in elementary school. Actually the stop/drop happened by default

    Very scary moment

    I stood up to check myself for bites and noticed that it had changed from a coiled position to fairly stretched out in my direction.

    Not sure if it tried to strike me, but it sure appeared that way...

    Also, at Mission Trails a few years back, a friend of mine (who was riding about 30 yards back) had one strike at him and go into his spokes. Yikes! He screamed like a little girl

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    Quote Originally Posted by av8trinabarrel View Post
    I had a moment of pure stupidity at spring canyon earlier today. Like most of the other posts, I came around a blind corner at a medium pace and saw a meaty one crawling across the traill about 10' in front. After trying to hammer the foot break on my 450x and grabbing the clutch I realized as I was going over the bars that I was NOT riding my X!!! As I sailed over the bars, I somehow clicked out mid flight and landed on my feet about 5 feet away. My niner goes bouncing right over this guy and off into the bushes. HOLY F'n crap... I damn near had a heart attack thinking how stupid I was grabbing levers in a panic and picking the wrong one. Never done anything so stupid, but lesson learned......there is no clutch on a mtn bike
    Funny... we had similar incidents. Both lucky..

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    Quite a long time ago, I was riding at PQ for the weekly morning ride I used to do with Cindy Whitehead, back when she was the Ross Bicycles rep. Zipping along the South-side fireroad, on the downside of a little roller, she ran over a two-footer or so, who immediately coiled up and tried to strike at me. Needless to say we were going pretty fast (was she ever slow?) and I bunny hopped and don't know if it hit anything on my bike or not. Had quite a few run-ins with Rattler's over the years when I lived in So. Cal - most were incidental and a few were funny and a couple were scary as hell. Now, up North, I hardly ever see any. I think maybe a half dozen in the 14+ years I have been here... It's their home too - just a little respect on our part, and with a little luck nobody will get run-over or bitten!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Klurejr View Post
    Also, do not try to hike or bike out of the area you are in unless you can keep your heart rate extremely low and you have no other choice. Better to let the medics come get you. Best thing is to stay calm and keep the heart rate low to avoid pumping the venom around the body too much.

    As for the comment about keeping ones bike in control to avoid the snakes, bike control is not going to save you from a snake in the trail. I came around a blind corner on a tight single track in Calavera Preserve about a month ago and barely stopped in time to avoid running over what was a dead rattle snake sprawled across the trail. I was going about 4mph at the time because the trail was so tight.

    My buddies found another dead rattler a week later in a different part of the preserve. No idea what is killing them, but I have yet to see a live one.

    On another note we did see a Ring Necked Coral Snake, it was gorgeous, never seen one before, and I just missed running him over cause he was so small, probably only 9-10 inches.
    Yes, to the original question. I was riding at Calavera going pretty fast on a downhill section that v's out in a creek bed, rider ahead of me screamed but I kept going. Rider behind me shouts "dude you just ran over a big rattler." We did not go back to see how he was doing.

    On the dead rattlers at Calavera, there is an older guy out there who trail runs regularly who told me he killed the dying rattler I saw a few hundred yard behind us when I ran into him. He used a rock and a stick but did not finish the job though I'm sure it died. There also is a venom collector who stalks rattlers mostly by the K-rail. I don't think he kills them but I would not be surprised if he had to once in a while to save his skin. He uses a metal rod with a fork-like snake holder to hold them down while he pumps venom from their fangs. What a weird way to make money.

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    I was flying down Rockit and I jumped one!

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    Ran over a small one, 16", at Daley yesterday. It was stretched out and in a small rut and I didn't see it until I was almost right on top of it. I need to work on my split second bunny hop skills.
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    Not yet, thank heavens.

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    Ran over another one today. This time at Hodges. Went back and it was cruising off the trail. I did stop in time two weeks ago and today before the gopher snake.

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    I saw two at Daley Ranch yesterday. Stopped about 2-3 feet short of running both over.

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    I've seen more than i'd like lately, probably 6 in the past week or so. The North county SD trails seem to have more this year than i remember in the past...

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    On the news tonight they said a guy got bit by
    a baby rattler in his house in PQ.

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    I came close to running over one in Irvine last week. It was right in front of me, but since I was climbing, It was able to slither away before I got to it. I've seen, and heard, plenty more after that. It is definitely snake season.

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    I nearly stepped on a baby rattler 2 days ago while out for a run down big rock. It didn't even had its rattle grown in yet. Stepping on one is a lot worse than riding over one!

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    Hide your pets, hide your ankles


    out on sullivan canyon last week.

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    Baby rattler about a mile from the top of La Tuna 9 April. It will probably be too cold for them tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rem69 View Post
    Baby rattler about a mile from the top of La Tuna 9 April. It will probably be too cold for them tomorrow.
    I've been climbing La Tuna alot lately but I've yet to see a snake there so far this year. Last year, that place was snakeland!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Kim View Post
    There also is a venom collector who stalks rattlers mostly by the K-rail. I don't think he kills them but I would not be surprised if he had to once in a while to save his skin. He uses a metal rod with a fork-like snake holder to hold them down while he pumps venom from their fangs. What a weird way to make money.
    prolly saves lots of lives if you think about it. if im not mistaken the anti-venom is made using the actual venom. glad hes got the balls to do it cuz one day heaven forbid myself or someone else might need it. ive hiked calavera many times and never even considered the possibility of snakes. ive been wanted to go trail riding for a while and now im definitely having second thoughts ha ha.

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    almost stood on a 4 foot rattler stepping off wil rogers polo field of all places last week

    snake was right on edge of the polo field

    friend shoved me off my feet and to the side of snake before i walked on it

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    Coming up on my 1 year anniversary of MTB'ing. Went almost every weekend since I started. But I've always been an ocean guy (surfing's my 1st sport, 20+ yrs). So I never really had to deal with mountain stuff because mountains=hiking=walking=F the mountains up until last year haha.

    So let's say you're riding alone and you get bit.

    What do?


    -Do those bite kits even do anything?
    -[If phone works] Should you call and wait for help?
    -[If phone doesn't work - highly likely since I'm on damn ATT] Should you cruise down the hill asap or wait for another biker?

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    well, from watching movies, you should

    1) suck the poison out and spit it out
    2) if the snake is still there take a picture of it for ID later
    3) ride down the mountain at mach 1
    4) collapse in a main road until someone calls 911 or drives you to hospital (or dial 911 yourself I guess)


    So, how does hollywood score?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonjm View Post
    well, from watching movies, you should

    1) suck the poison out and spit it out
    2) if the snake is still there take a picture of it for ID later
    3) ride down the mountain at mach 1
    4) collapse in a main road until someone calls 911 or drives you to hospital (or dial 911 yourself I guess)


    So, how does hollywood score?
    You forgot cut off the "rattle" for later story telling to the grandkidz.

    In all seriousness. Lay still, call for help. Elevate the bitten area (if possible). GET TO A HOSPITAL and hope you did not get bit by a green mojave (neuro toxin AND hemo toxin).

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    So let's say you're riding alone and you get bit.

    What do?
    Quote Originally Posted by jasonjm View Post
    well, from watching movies, you should

    1) Do 50 jumping jacks.
    2) if the snake is still there take a picture of it for ID later and cut off rattle for proof.
    3) ride down the mountain at mach 1
    4) collapse in a main road until someone calls 911 or drives you to hospital (or dial 911 yourself I guess)
    Quote Originally Posted by CEB View Post
    You forgot cut off the "rattle" for later story telling to the grandkidz.

    In all seriousness. Lay still, call for help. Elevate the bitten area (if possible). GET TO A HOSPITAL and hope you did not get bit by a green mojave (neuro toxin AND hemo toxin).
    Truth be told, I'm not so sure about the "elevate" part. I think you would want to keep the bit as far below your heart as possible to allow gravity to help.

    If I were VERY remote, and got bit below the knee, I honestly think I'd tie a tourniquet.

    I know there's some WFR's on this forum . . . where they at?!

    Edit: Errrr . . . don't do jumping jacks.
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    Hmmmmmm

    Sometimes I don't see anyone else on my trails for hours if ever.


    Don't think waiting is a good idea?

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    I'm down in San Diego and have seen three decent sized rattlers the last 3 weekends. It's pretty routine to see them where I ride. The scary thing is, during this early springtime they rarely rattle, so there's literally no warning until you're right on top of them. Without cell coverage or a buddy nearby, it would be a tough call on how to best haul yourself out of there. Hope I never find myself in that situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OO7 View Post
    I know there's some WFR's on this forum . . . where they at?!
    Didn't really hear much about elevation, but I do remember no tourniquet for a rattle snake bite. Mainly the best thing to do is to immobilize whatever was bitten and evacuate without moving too much.

    Just don't pretend to be in True Grit and suck the venom out!
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    Didn't run this guy over, but he was crossing the trail at hodges on the north side of the foot btidge. Who's run over a Rattler?  now that its snake season-uploadfromtaptalk1334684822937.jpg

    I saw a 2.5' kingsnake a little later on my ride but he was too fast for me to get my camera out. The kingsnake was very cool.
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    Saw a big rattler today at PQ. Warned a lady walking her dog
    who was close and she didn't see it until I showed her.

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    I just had to think of this thread when I came upon this rattlesnake today! No surprise to see him out since it was sunny and warm, but he was hidden in the shadows on a part of the trail where you try to keep up speed for an uphill. Tried to stop, but it was clear I wasn't going to be able to stop in time. So I hopped over him - got the front wheel over for sure, probably got the back wheel over but I'm not so sure about that. The snake wasn't much bothered - pulled its head back a bit, but otherwise didn't move. Always a rush when you go over a rattler!
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    Quote Originally Posted by agoura_biker View Post
    I just had to think of this thread when I came upon this rattlesnake today! No surprise to see him out since it was sunny and warm, but he was hidden in the shadows on a part of the trail where you try to keep up speed for an uphill. Tried to stop, but it was clear I wasn't going to be able to stop in time. So I hopped over him - got the front wheel over for sure, probably got the back wheel over but I'm not so sure about that. The snake wasn't much bothered - pulled its head back a bit, but otherwise didn't move. Always a rush when you go over a rattler!
    That guy is a beast!

    Almost ran this little guy over right at the trailhead, my daughter spotted him and yelled "snake" I was trying to avoid some dog crap didn't even see him hahahaha.
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    Saw a decent sized rattler today out at Cheseboro. I was crawling up a steeper spot on the Cheseboro ridge trail and heard a rattle to my side, looked down and sure enough there it was off to the side of the trail. It could have easily tagged me because I was going super slow. Luckily it just sat there rattling as I passed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuickSilverZ View Post
    It could have easily tagged me because I was going super slow. Luckily it just sat there rattling as I passed it.
    Yeah, the good thing about rattlers is that they'd much rather prefer to scare their threat away or retreat rather than immediately attacking. In other words they are mostly passive animals when it comes to threats like humans.

    I can't tell you how many times I have unknowingly walked inches away from them while hiking on the trails. They will first rattle to give you a warning (which will scare the s**t out of even the bravest man if he is caught off guard), and then back away but if you get close to them and start pissing them off they will attack.

    Be very careful for the baby ones though. Those are 100 times more dangerous than a full size adult because they are small and hard to spot, and they have not developed their rattles yet. On top of that if they bite you they will release an uncontrolled substantial amount of venom whereas an adult will release a small controlled amount of venom.

    So, always keep a look out for those little guys on the trails!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Addict View Post
    Be very careful for the baby ones though. Those are 100 times more dangerous than a full size adult because they are small and hard to spot, and they have not developed their rattles yet. On top of that if they bite you they will release an uncontrolled substantial amount of venom whereas an adult will release a small controlled amount of venom.

    So, always keep a look out for those little guys on the trails!
    Plus it looks like a good year for baby rattlers! I saw three little guys before I saw the adult in my picture. They come out when it is not as warm - though all the snakes are probably out now that it's summer temperatures!

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    I spotted this one yesterday in a concrete road in Lake Perris it was heading to the bushes moving a little fast so I got this snap on the scrubs



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    Didn't run him over, but yesterday was a close call.

    While riding in the Aliso area on a trail that doesn't get many riders, I rode past a red rattler on the side of the trail. What was unusual was that I was the third rider out of four, and that we were spread out... also, I rode within inches of it, and it never even tensed-up or rattled. I've seen rattlers a number of times here, and they always seem to be mild tempered. Yes, we seem to have our rattlers well-trained in South OC!

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    man that snake even LOOKS pissed off.
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    It was for a moment then moved on.

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    I ran over a Mojave Green in my driveway with my car today. Saved me a round of snakeshot.
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    Holy shhhhh.......!!!!!

    Cheers from Italy first of all.

    Long time California visitor here, was just killing time on the forum and stumbled upon this topic. Man..this is making me think twice about a MTB vacation in Socal,I'll stick with road bike on PCH...geez....
    I live in Sardinia,Italy,the only region in the entire country where we don't have poisonous snakes,go figure... I would probably shatz my padded shorts just seeing one of those Aliens at a distance... The scariest encounter you can have on my trails is the occasional local sheperd inviting you to his barn for a couple of beers and a fresh cut of home made cheese and bread.
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    Awesome pics Kukulkan. Now that I think about it, a majority of my snake encounters are around Lake Perris, and the biggest snake I've seen was there too.

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    i saw a mess of reptile out in mission trails. it turned out to be a king snake that had a massive alligator lizard halfway down its throat. pretty awesome and rare sight to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devastazione View Post
    Long time California visitor here, was just killing time on the forum and stumbled upon this topic. Man..this is making me think twice about a MTB vacation in Socal,I'll stick with road bike on PCH...geez....
    Ha! That's the problem with a thread like this - it exaggerates how common rattlesnakes are! It's actually a treat to see them, as long as you don't run over them. It's a bit of a shock when you can't stop in time - hence the title of this thread! - but that's pretty rare. In 20 years of riding these trails, I've only not been able to stop in time twice. And getting bitten is quite rare, especially biking. It's more dangerous hiking where you can step on an unseen snake or climbing on rocks where you can put your hand on a ledge with a snake.

    And although I enjoy the occasional road ride, the cars on PCH are without doubt way more dangerous than rattlesnakes!!!

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    I've ridden for two years in SoCal and I've seen a whopping total of ONE rattlesnake. I used to share similar concerns, coming from the midwest, however, those fears have dissipated.
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    Average number of people killed by a rattlesnake in a year = 5.5
    Number of cyclists killed by vehicles in 2006 = 772.

    I'll take the snakes any day

    I find it pretty rare to see snakes while riding. Although it's been a while since I have ridden heavily during the spring time so maybe this year will be different.

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    I must be extremely unlucky because I have run into a snake (rattler, gopher, king) every single ride starting from about March this year. And they are never off in the bushes but just chilling on the side of the trail or stretched out in the middle.

    My friends couldn't believe it so I started taking pictures and I eventually got sick having to dismount to snap a pic (got up to 18).

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    Quote Originally Posted by b52doc View Post
    I must be extremely unlucky because I have run into a snake (rattler, gopher, king) every single ride starting from about March this year. And they are never off in the bushes but just chilling on the side of the trail or stretched out in the middle.

    My friends couldn't believe it so I started taking pictures and I eventually got sick having to dismount to snap a pic (got up to 18).

    I have seen more this year than ever before. I caught one on my lawn last Saturday while mowing the grass Two footer and let him go in the field behind the house, far behind the house that is...
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    In my last 4 rides I've seen 3 rattlers, 1 garter, and
    1 gopher snake. I don't know about the rest of you,
    but I love to see wildlife no matter what it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kuhl View Post
    In my last 4 rides I've seen 3 rattlers, 1 garter, and
    1 gopher snake. I don't know about the rest of you,
    but I love to see wildlife no matter what it is.

    Best, John
    Same here to me it's one of the benefits of the sport. My eyes are constantly looking around for any type of critter. And if I see something I often do a pit stop to check it out.
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    been out to the desert many many times from calico area but mainly glamis sand dunes since 87.Seen sidewinder tracks but never a snake til 2 years ago about a foot long baby i relocated it.It was on my brother sandrail wheel as it was getting dark.The next year i saw another one this one about 8 inches long warming up on a black part of our traielr door mat.It also got relocated.Never seen anything when i go fishing in kern river area either and they are there

    Started mtn biking in dec so maybe i will see some now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varaxis View Post
    Awesome pics Kukulkan. Now that I think about it, a majority of my snake encounters are around Lake Perris, and the biggest snake I've seen was there too.
    Thanks , you are right I have seen few there in the past two yrs, Sycamore cnyn in Riverside , PLENTY there to.

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    First post!

    So far in the past 2 months I have seen 2 Rattlers, 1 Garter, and last week I saw a beautiful King snake. One of the Rattlers was pretty small and I almost ran him over, but was able to stop short and wait for him to slither into the bushes. Always gets my heart pumping when I see a Rattler.

    By the way... All of these snake sightings have been on the Arroyo Trabuco trail in Mission Viejo.

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    i started riding in october last year and so far i have seen 2 goopher/rat snakes and 2 rattlers one of which was a baby.

    i saw them all in Penasquitos Canyon riding around noon time.

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    I ran over a **** ton of rattlers on 5 Oaks Trail at Aliso and Wood Canyon state park

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    I bunnyhopped a rattlesnake stretched straight across the trail one time up in JT. This was on the Uranium road in a straight/open and moderate downhill section where I had a little time to react. I think at about 10 feet I identified it as a snake and decided to bunnyhop it. I was going maybe 15-18mph. I didn't want to stop fast and put my foot down right next to it or fall on it and get bit! This snake wasn't little either . It was a 4-5 foot black phase and pretty thick.

    It went smootthly for me but the snake got a little feisty with the next rider. He decided to bunnyhop it too and I can remember seeing it strike while he was over it in the air. No damage to either party but its possible one could nick your shin and cause you problems. It looked like the snake if it hit anything at all it struck his back tire.

    Some other times I've seen black snakes on the trail when you come around a blind corner cut into the blueberry bush ground cover . The snake boogied off the trail quickly but if it was a big rattlesnake that was zoning it might be a different story. I wouldn't want to have to meet one like that! Let someone else go first.

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    All these responses and very few pictures. Doesn't anyone carry a camera or a cell phone. Come on people lets get some picture of these encounters and post em up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpinDirt View Post
    All these responses and very few pictures. Doesn't anyone carry a camera or a cell phone. Come on people lets get some picture of these encounters and post em up.
    Never seen a snake???

    Best NOT to stick around and play tourist snapping pics. These are deadly poisonous animals. I don't mess with them, just ride by and hold my legs UP.

    Oh, you want a pic..... here is a Mojave Green from AZ (Tucson area....50 mile trail). Pic is out of focus..... I was SHAKING!!!
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    Upper Otay Lake Chula Vista

    They're not boogie men out to get you, if you respect them they are not an issue.

    Ran into two them today one at the lower lake, but I only heard him off the trail

    And saw this guy around the Upper Otay Lake, he was stretched along the trail facing me, he was pretty mellow (maybe because it looks like he just ate) never rattled, just stayed there for a while then slithered off into the bushes.
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    That thing is HUGE!
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    Quote Originally Posted by oo7 View Post


    That thing is huge!
    oh yeah!!!!!

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    I was riding in Aliso and Woods Canyon 05.14.2012 and saw two baby rattlers one dead, one was alive and went into the brush.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OO7 View Post


    That thing is HUGE!
    Thats what she said !!

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    That one is a fatty.

    I think most of the rattlers I see have been in aliso woods. One ride there I saw more than a hand full; teaches you to watch where you place your foot when you stop. They are very cool to see.

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    It’s not just SoCal…

    I had a ride in Colorado and rode over two rattlers on one ride. The first one was on a climb and truly freaked me out because I was heads down grunting out the climb and didn’t see it until it came into view right under my front tire. The second rattler was on a flat section and I was going faster and so not too worried. The third snake (same ride, 5th picture) is a bull snake – these guys eat rattlers. Three snakes on one ride, none the rest of the year – go figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmac View Post
    It’s not just SoCal…

    I had a ride in Colorado and rode over two rattlers on one ride. The first one was on a climb and truly freaked me out because I was heads down grunting out the climb and didn’t see it until it came into view right under my front tire. The second rattler was on a flat section and I was going faster and so not too worried. The third snake (same ride, 5th picture) is a bull snake – these guys eat rattlers. Three snakes on one ride, none the rest of the year – go figure.

    Edit: pics got loaded in reverse order - 1st pic is the bull.
    WOW! 2nd photo is great and scary!

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    Had a stand-off with a rattler in Moro last week on Missing Link. Laying across the trail and went into a defensive coil/hissing after I stomped on the ground. Finally moved over, a bit, but it's hissing sounded like a downed power line and wasn't too far off the trail.

    Ran over a Racer on Moro Canyon. Shot of the bushes, across the trail - I had a fair amt. of speed and couldn't stop. It must've be 3-4 ft. long too. It disappeared to other side so not sure how bad off it was.

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    I ran over a huge fat rattler last week on a high speed G out. Basically a downhill double drop into a gully. The point I hit him is where my suspension is usually fully bottomed. He coiled and rolled into the brush and the hissing and rattling was eerie, sounded like someone stabbed a truck tire. Definitely the sound of something dying.

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