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West Rattlesnake
Holderness, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Old Bridle Path
Looking up the Old Bridle Path

Route: 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.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, February 25, 2008
Hike Commenced: 4:49 PM
Parking Elevation: 815'
Destination: West Rattlesnake
Ascent Commenced: 4:50 PM
Summit Reached: 5:08 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:18
Trailhead Elevation: 800'
Summit Elevation: 1,240'
Distance: .9 miles
Vertical Gain: 455'
Hike Ended: 5:47 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:58
Hike Distance: 1.8 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 485'


The Old Bridle Path trailhead on Route 113
The Old Bridle Path trailhead on Route 113

Looking across Squam Lake toward Mt. Livermore from West Rattlesnake - Click to enlarge
Looking across Squam Lake toward Mt. Livermore from West Rattlesnake

The sunset as seen from the West Rattlesnake ledges - Click to enlarge
The sunset as seen from the West Rattlesnake ledges

Topographic map of West Rattlesnake


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 113 West from Center Sandwich. Shortly after the Mt. Morgan parking lot, the trailhead is on the left. Parking available in the Mt. Morgan parking lot and on the side of the road (not on pavement).

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