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The trip up Rattlesnake Canyon gets called “the unexpected” in this story mostly because it was unexpected by yours truly. Rattlesnake Canyon, like most of the trails on Big Bear’s northern desert-facing slope, sees much less traffic than its counterparts in the classic alpine forest above. This shot was taken in some sand dunes in the Johnson Valley OHV area, just across the highway from the Rattlesnake Canyon trailhead.