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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
Route: Old Bridle Path
After two consecutive powder storms, I knew my after work possibilities would be limited due to the amount of time necessary to break trail. As such, I decided to head over to the oft-broken Old Bridle Path.
While the lower part of the trail was somewhat broken out by skiers and a barebooter, the top was unbroken. While depths were generally about 2-3', there were some rather large snowdrifts I had to break through near the summit. As such, I arrived just after the sunset. Nonetheless, I was able to get some decent colors - perhaps the most impressive ones were to my back, through the trees on the east side of West Rattlesnake.
Thanks to the snow covered hardwood forest, I was able to descend to the parking lot without needing a headlamp. Not bad at all!
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The Old Bridle Path trailhead at the back of the new parking area
Sunset colors tinting the ice of Squam Lake as seen from West Rattlesnake
Sunset colors as seen from West Rattlesnake
Directions to trailhead: Take Route 113 West from Center Sandwich. The new (2008) West Rattlesnake parking lot is on the left at a height of land, across from the Mt. Morgan parking area. The Old Bridle Path trailhead is located at the back of the new parking lot.
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