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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 Ramsey Trail
Route: Ramsey Trail
After being ambushed by mosquitoes on my aborted attempt at hiking Mt. Paugus, I decided I wanted to still get out an enjoy the sunny morning. Not wanting to deal with mosquitoes or a long hike, I decided to try a new approach up West Rattlesnake.
Since there is no parking lot available on Pinehurst Road, I parked on the side of the road near the Ramsey Trail trailhead. I'm not sure if this is kosher, but cars could get by and I wasn't encroaching upon anyone's property.
The Ramsey Trail starts off with easy to moderate grades, before turning uphill and starting some steep ascents up some rocky ledges.
Once I reached a height of land, I was a bit confused, as there were yellow blazes going in two directions. To the left, the blazes led to a nice outlook, which I knew was a bit below the Bridle Path. Back at the junction, I took a right and quickly arrived at the upper ledges after a short, steep ascent.
After going to the high point behind the ledges, I went back and enjoyed the sights. I was lucky in that I had the ledges to myself the entire time - nearly 40 minutes! While the temperature was rising and the humidity was high, the bug free conditions and great lake views made it a way to spend a morning.
Getting To Trailhead:
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The Old Bridle Path trailhead on Route 113
A wild columbine flower at the top of West Rattlesnake
Looking at Squam Lake from West Rattlesnake
Directions to trailhead: Take Route 113 West from Center Sandwich. Shortly after the Mt. Morgan parking lot, take a left onto Pinehurst Road. The Ramsey Trail trailhead will eventually be on the left side of the road. There is no parking lot. Please respect any no parking signs.
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