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NH 52 With A View
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Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Old Bridle Path
Wanting an easy hike, I set out for West Rattlesnake. Arriving at the parking lot, I was a bit worried, as the sun had sunk behind the Squam Range.
Despite all of the snow, I was able to bareboot up the Old Bridle Path due to it being very well packed. In addition, with temperatures around 40, it felt like spring. As I neared the summit, I was happy to see that there was still some sunlight at this elevation.
I decided to try to innovate as I waited for the sunset to start. Stick my ice axe into the snow, I fastened my camera clamp to the handle and built myself a tripod (unipod?), which made for steadier sunset photos. Though the sunset wasn't great from this view point (since the actual sunset was occuring awhile later beyond the immediate horizon), the colors and the mild weather still made it enjoyable.
On the ride home, I was able to look back and see some very vivid cloud colors. While I did wish I had stuck around for that display, I was just as content to get some KFC.
The Old Bridle Path trailhead on Route 113
Looking across Squam Lake toward Mt. Livermore from West Rattlesnake
The sunset as seen from the West Rattlesnake ledges
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