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West Rattlesnake, East Rattlesnake
Holderness, NH, Sandwich, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The Pasture Trail to West Rattlesnake
The Pasture Trail to West Rattlesnake

Route: Pasture Trail, (West Rattlesnake), Ridge Trail, (East Rattlesnake), Ridge Trail, East Rattlesnake Trail

Knowing the next few days would be rainy, I decided to go for a quick hike away from all of the Sunday traffic. As a result, I found myself heading west to the Rattlesnakes.

In keeping the hike as short as possible, I chose the most direct path two both summits as possible - taking the Pasture, Ridge, and East Rattlesnake Trails.

The Pasture Trail offers a consistently steep ascent (other than a few short switchbacks) to West Rattlesnake - not deadly, but nonetheless steep enough to work up a sweat at a decent pace.

The summit ledges (the actual summit is a bit behind these) of West Rattlesnake was crowded and one can see why - the views are amazing! Ranging from the Sqaum Range to Red Hill, the deep blue of the lakes makes for awesome scenery.

From here, I headed over to East Rattlesnake via the Ridge Trail. Moderate at best, this is a pretty easy walk. The view point is passed on the way to the wooded summit - the views, while not as wide as West Rattlesnake, are still rather nice and don't draw the crowds of its neighbor.

I descended via the somewhat steep East Rattlesnake Trail in peace - a nice way to end a Sunday afternoon.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: West Rattlesnake
Length: Easy
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy
Destination: East Rattlesnake
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, August 5, 2007
Hike Commenced: 3:51 PM
Parking Elevation: 623'
Destination: West Rattlesnake
Ascent Commenced: 3:56 PM
Summit Reached: 4:09 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:13
Trailhead Elevation: 720'
Summit Elevation: 1,240'
Vertical Gain: 530'
Destination: East Rattlesnake
Ascent Commenced: 4:13 PM
Summit Reached: 4:37 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:24
Trailhead Elevation: 1,220'
Summit Elevation: 1,289'
Distance: .8 mile
Vertical Gain: 374'
Hike Ended: 5:10 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:19
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,016'


The Pasture Trail trailhead
The Pasture Trail trailhead

Looking southeast across Squam Lake toward the Belknap Range from West Rattlesnake - Click to enlarge
Looking southeast across Squam Lake toward the Belknap Range from West Rattlesnake

The Ridge Trail to East Rattlesnake
The Ridge Trail to East Rattlesnake

The viewpoint near the East Rattlesnake summit - Click to enlarge
The viewpoint near the East Rattlesnake summit

Topographic map of West Rattlesnake, East Rattlesnake


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 113 West from Center Sandwich. Shortly after the Mt. Morgan parking lot, take a left onto Pinehurst Road. Park outside the private property entranceway (don't block the road!), then follow the road up shortly, taking a left, then a right between two cabins. The Pasture Trail departs shortly thereafter on the left.

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