Last week two hikers came across a six-foot rattlesnake while hiking on Cowbell Alley. The snake was sunning itself on the dirt road. The hikers stopped a safe distance away and waited for the snake to slowly move off of the road before they enjoyed the rest of their hike and the beautiful wildflowers now in bloom. Photo by Careena Chase


  1. What would you do if you encountered a rattlesnake near your home or on a trail? This Saturday, May 26th at 1pm, come check-out rattlesnake expert, Carl Person, who has worked with reptiles, especially venomous snakes, for over 25 years and is currently working on his Ph.D. at Loma Linda University in the genetics of rattlesnake speciation, when he gives a demonstration on safely capturing rattlesnakes for relocation. Carl's rattlers will be available for viewing 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Millipedes and More booth at Art & Treasures Festival at the Idyllwild Community Center site, located across from the Shell Station on Highway 243 in beautiful Downtown Idyllwild.