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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:01 am    Post subject: Rattlesnakes  Reply with quote

Hey all,

My name is Anthony and I'm new to the forum.

I came across two rattlesnakes on the way to Telegraph Peak yesterday. I almost stepped on the first one, which was hidden in a manzanita bush.

Do you guys have any good resources on them that are geared towards hikers? I have a quite a few questions. For example, do trekking poles help? I've heard that their vibrations can scare off snakes.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Anthony, welcome to the forum! In my experience, rattlers are very unpredictable. Some will sit in the middle of a trail no matter what you do. I had to push a stubborn one off the trail with a stick once. Others will flee the moment they sense you coming. It's best to watch where you step, sit, and put your hands. Look under rocks and in cracks and bushes before you sit down, etc. Some people wear snake gaiters to protect the legs while bushwhacking.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Hi Anthony, welcome to the forum! In my experience, rattlers are very unpredictable. Some will sit in the middle of a trail no matter what you do. I had to push a stubborn one off the trail with a stick once. Others will flee the moment they sense you coming. It's best to watch where you step, sit, and put your hands. Look under rocks and in cracks and bushes before you sit down, etc. Some people wear snake gaiters to protect the legs while bushwhacking.


Thanks. Yes, I've seen them behave differently as well.

I'll look into the gaiters. One thing's for sure: I won't be hiking on trails with narrow paths in shorts. No way!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

can't say the are many credible resources

I personally prefer using hiking pole and have found them handy to keep snakes at bay.

I d say for every snake you see you have probably walked by a 100 you didn't see.

This is a recent rattlesnake encounter I had
https://www.facebook.com/matt.maxon.16/videos/10158385924655471/
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mattmaxon wrote:
can't say the are many credible resources

I d say for every snake you see you have probably walked by a 100 you didn't see.

This is a recent rattlesnake encounter I had
https://www.facebook.com/matt.maxon.16/videos/10158385924655471/


Ha. True.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:05 am    Post subject: Snakes Reply with quote

I hiked the San Gabes and O.C. state parks for 20 years in shorts. I saw plenty of snakes with no problems. Just don't stick your hands or feet where you can't see.  Don't go wading through thick underbrush. Don't sit on a rock without poking around the base first with a stick. You will be fine. Considering the number of fools that you see on the trails, the snakes can't be much of an issue. By the way, the snake will bite straight through your long pants unless they are made of Kevlar.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 11:41 am    Post subject: Rattlesnake in Ojai Reply with quote

Speaking of rattlesnakes, I just seen one this past week while hiking in Ojai.  It was in the middle of digesting some small rodent. It didn't even move after it noticed us passing by.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

*cringe*
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:40 am    Post subject: Re: Snakes Reply with quote

RichardK wrote:
I hiked the San Gabes and O.C. state parks for 20 years in shorts. I saw plenty of snakes with no problems. Just don't stick your hands or feet where you can't see.  Don't go wading through thick underbrush. Don't sit on a rock without poking around the base first with a stick. You will be fine. Considering the number of fools that you see on the trails, the snakes can't be much of an issue. By the way, the snake will bite straight through your long pants unless they are made of Kevlar.




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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:17 am    Post subject: Re: Snakes Reply with quote

RichardK wrote:
I hiked the San Gabes and O.C. state parks for 20 years in shorts. I saw plenty of snakes with no problems. Just don't stick your hands or feet where you can't see.  Don't go wading through thick underbrush. Don't sit on a rock without poking around the base first with a stick. You will be fine. Considering the number of fools that you see on the trails, the snakes can't be much of an issue. By the way, the snake will bite straight through your long pants unless they are made of Kevlar.


easy and good advice!

i still like the idea of wearing loose pants though. it seems like the added material and air pockets in between your legs and the fabric can only help.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Rattlesnake in Ojai Reply with quote

girlhiker70 wrote:
Speaking of rattlesnakes, I just seen one this past week while hiking in Ojai.  It was in the middle of digesting some small rodent. It didn't even move after it noticed us passing by.


double "cringe"
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw one on Friday just above Kelly Camp, I was on the way downhill and heard it move about two steps before I got there. This one was in the shade of the trail, made a slightly aggressive move to face me which is what I heard. After that it took a while to move off trail and coil up near a tree.
Unfortunately every photo I took was blurry.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is commonly thought that vibrations from your feet and from poles help notify a snake of your location so it can move out of the way. I am not sure how much vibrations from poles help but they can't hurt.

I also use poles in dense brush to poke into areas I can't see before stepping there. That goes for under/near logs and rocks.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:59 pm    Post subject: Rattlesnake Reply with quote

Here's a big one I almost stepped on near Bridge To Nowhere.  I see a lot of these around Horseshoe Mine.  q11

If you do a lot of hiking through heavy brush you can buy snake legging they can't bite through.

Lost Mines of Los Angeles County


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