I was talking to a friend about the Big Event the other day. I talked about how hot it would be, the extreme risk of dehydration, brain-swelling, getting stuck in the mud, and all of the other risks and dangers, and she had only one question:
Wont there be rattlesnakes?
The risk of rattlesnakes at Salton Sea is one of the lowest on my list of things to worry about. To be clear, there are rattlesnakes in the desert area and there are signs in the designated camping areas warning about the risk of rattlesnakes and snakebite. But even the signs point out that they are not active during the heat of the day. They also aren’t very keen on slithering down to the shoreline for a sip of salty water so I doubt that I will have to step over any.
In all my years of camping at Salton Sea and even hiking around in the desert areas adjacent to the shore, never once did we see or even hear stories of other people seeing any rattlesnakes. Surely they are there, just not many, and not very active. On the other hand, since I started walking in the desert/hill areas above my home in The Inland Empire, I’ve seen several.
So yes, there will be rattlesnakes, but they are at the very bottom of my list of concerns, just below being bit by horseflies.