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Middle Mountain, Rattlesnake Mountain
Conway, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Middle Mountain Trail
Looking up the Middle Mountain Trail

Route: Middle Mountain Trail, (Middle Mountain), bushwhack, (Rattlesnake Mountain, bushwhack

With a mediocre at best weather forecast, I decided to do some exploring in the North Conway area. While I knew I'd be able to bareboot to Middle Mountain, I also knew I wanted to do some bushwhacking. Thus, I donned my snowshoes for the trek.

The Middle Mountain Trail was a hodgepodge of spring conditions - hardpack, blue ice, monorail, bare ground, mud. Though cloudy, the views from the summit were still quite good.

After checking out the views a bit, I strapped my snowshoes onto my backpack and began a light bushwhack past the small pond and to the south peak of Middle Mountain. From that peak, there were decent directional views from a ledge.

Past that peak, I descended into two cols, before strapping my snowshoes back on for the ascent up Rattlesnake Mountain. While there was a decent directional view from the highpoint, the best views were from the numerous ledges that wrap around much of the peak. In particular, there were some nice ledges on the southeast and west sides.

For my descent, I found a ledge shelf to get around the cliffs. Below that, I worked my way gradually back to the Middle Mountain Trail trailhead, passing some neat ledges and signs of wildlife along the way.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Middle Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Rattlesnake Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, March 26, 2009
Hike Commenced: 3:50 PM
Parking Elevation: 535'
Destination: Middle Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 3:54 PM
Summit Reached: 4:44 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:50
Trailhead Elevation: 545'
Summit Elevation: 1,857'
Vertical Gain: 1,342'
Destination: Rattlesnake Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 4:51 PM
Summit Reached: 5:25 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:34
Trailhead Elevation: 1,857'
Summit Elevation: 1,590'
Vertical Gain: 300'
Hike Ended: 6:54 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:04
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,752'


Middle Mountain Trail trailhead under the power lines
Middle Mountain Trail trailhead under the power lines

Looking at Mt. Chocorua and South Moat from Middle Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Chocorua and South Moat from Middle Mountain

Looking down a herd path on the way to Rattlesnake Mountain
Looking down a herd path on the way to Rattlesnake Mountain

Looking at White Horse Ledge and Cathedral Ledge from Rattlesnake Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at White Horse Ledge and Cathedral Ledge from Rattlesnake Mountain

Topographic map of Middle Mountain, Rattlesnake Mountain - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: From Routes 16/302 in North Conway, take Artist Falls Road past the railroad tracks. Take a right onto Thompson Road. A small Town of Conway-Pudding Pond Conservation Area signed parking lot will be on the right shortly thereafter.

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