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Rattlesnake Mountain
Rumney, NH

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

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

After hiking Carr Mountain, I decided to hustle down to Rattlesnake Mountain for a sunset hike.

Arriving at the trailhead, I had to park on the side of the road, as the tiny parking lot was full. The trail started gradually, before steepening for a constant ascent to the loop junction. From there, I took the eastern loop, which became quite scenic as it meandered to the summit.

The views from the summit ledges were tremendous, ranging from Stinson Mountain to points to the northwest. While a fire had burned the mountain pretty heavily over the summer, only a small portion near the summit showed signs of that.

Finding a ledge with a decent western view, I settled in and waited in the cold wind for the sunset, which proved to be decent.

The descent went fine, until I approached Buffalo Road - where was my truck? As I reached the road, I began to wonder if it had been towed. Fortunately, I realized that somewhere I had turned off the trail and followed a logging road down to the road - a short road walk brought me back to my vehicle with a feeling of relief.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, November 2, 2008
Hike Commenced: 3:14 PM
Parking Elevation: 630'
Destination: Rattlesnake Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 3:14 PM
Summit Reached: 3:48 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:34
Trailhead Elevation: 630'
Summit Elevation: 1,594'
Distance: 1.3 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,294'
Hike Ended: 5:34 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:20
Hike Distance: 2.5 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,329'


The Rattlesnake Mountain Trail trailhead on off Buffalo Road
The Rattlesnake Mountain Trail trailhead on off Buffalo Road

Looking east from the Rattlesnake Mountain summit - Click to enlarge
Looking east from the Rattlesnake Mountain summit

The sunset as seen from Rattlesnake Mountain - Click to enlarge
The sunset as seen from Rattlesnake Mountain

Topographic map of Rattlesnake Mountain


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 25 west from Plymouth, then take a right onto Main Street in Rumney. Take a left onto Buffalo Road. The Rattlesnake Mountain Trail and small parking lot will eventually be on the right, after passing two rock climbing parking areas.

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