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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

Having been cooped up for three days due to work and bad weather, I was chomping at the bit to get some fresh air. Thus, I headed over to West Rattlesnake for a quick hike.

Despite the popular nature of the Old Bridle Path, it hadn't been broken out since the storm (just a set of bareboot tracks for something during the snowfall). Unintended trailbreaking. Fortunately, other than dealing with rocks still sticking up in places, it wasn't too bad.

Though not originally planning to be there for the sunset, I was nonetheless at the ledges as some limited colors were painted along the southern horizon. While I was tempted to linger a bit longer to see if things would improve, a bitter cold wind was less than palatable.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, December 10, 2009
Hike Commenced: 3:38 PM
Parking Elevation: 815'
Destination: West Rattlesnake
Ascent Commenced: 3:38 PM
Summit Reached: 4:00 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:22
Trailhead Elevation: 815'
Summit Elevation: 1,240'
Distance: .9 miles
Vertical Gain: 440'
Hike Ended: 4:34 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:56
Hike Distance: 1.8 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 455'


The Old Bridle Path trailhead at the back of the new parking area
The Old Bridle Path trailhead at the back of the new parking area

Red Hill as seen from West Rattlesnake - Click to enlarge
Red Hill as seen from West Rattlesnake

Sunset colors around the Belknap Range as seen from West Rattlesnake - Click to enlarge
Sunset colors around the Belknap Range as seen from West Rattlesnake

Topographic map of 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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