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gregory_huey


Sep 20, 2013, 2:24 PM

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Rattlesnake on the "Stairway to Heaven" at the Quarry  (North_America: United_States: California: Riverside_County: Riverside_Rock_Quarry)
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The trail that runs up the scree slope under Tangerine Dream has apparently been named "Stairway to Heaven". A couple of weeks ago my climbing partner and I encountered a juvenile rattlesnake along Stairway to Heaven. I was walking up first, and heard a faint rattling - I thought 'that almost sounds like a rattlesnake', but did not see the source. My climbing partner, who was ascending behind me, saw the snake behind a large flake of rock on the uphill side of the trail - she said it looked 'angry and aggressive'. I know this is not the first time someone has seen a rattlesnake along that trail - I think Alex saw one before - but when I descended later it was apparently gone. So, BEWARE.

Is there anything we could reasonably do to get rid of the rattlesnake(s)? One difficultly is that it/they may not always be at a predictable location. Another difficultly is, of course, they are rattlesnakes. Is anyone here knowledgeable on how to deal with them? What time of day perhaps would they be found along the trail (for us it was around 6:15am on a warm, humid day)? Then, how best to get rid of them? trap them? Drive them off? Poison bait?

I'm looking for advice/suggestions from other people who climb at Riverside Quarry.

PS: What happened to our nice bench that was at the base of Tangerine Dream? Vandalism? By locals perhaps?


(This post was edited by gregory_huey on Sep 20, 2013, 9:55 PM)



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