Rattlesnake Canyon to Tin Can Meadow

Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017

Time: 9:30AM - 1:30PM

Instructor: Susie Bartz

Location: Rattlesnake Canyon


Join Susie Bartz for a springtime hike up this popular trail in the Santa Barbara frontcountry. We’ll learn about the four major geologic formations that control the shape of our landscape – its rock types, vegetation, topography, and soil. We’ll pass boulders laid down by the devastating storms of the Ice Ages and consider the huge debris flow that carved out the land around Skofield Park. Finally, at the meadow we’ll look for remnants of an old cabin and enjoy spring flowers. There’s shade for an early picnic lunch before we return to the trailhead.

This is a hike of moderate difficulty, 3.6 miles round trip with 1000 foot elevation gain.


Image of Susie BartzSusie Bartz grew up in rural Pennsylvania playing in the wooded hills and rocky creeks outsider her house. After college and graduate school, she married and came to Santa Barbara in 1974. She enjoys hiking and backpacking, and holds a degree in geology from SBCC. In 2009, she completed a project publishing the maps of legendary geologist Tom Dibblee, who was her personal friend and mentor, and in whose memory she dedicates her walks. As a geology educator, Susie works with schools and community organizations to bring an awareness of earth science to the general public in outdoor settings. She lives in Santa Barbara with her husband and assorted cats, and has two married daughters and three darling grandsons.

Geology Walk Series:

Botany/Natural History
Travel/Day Trips