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Holderness, NH, Sandwich, 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
Route: Old Bridle Path, Ridge Trail, (West Rattlesnake), Ridge Trail, Col Trail, Five Finger Point Trail, roadwalk, Undercut Path
In between two days of lots of driving, I wanted a mellow day near the lake. After jogging up the crowded Old Bridle Path, I stopped at the summit of West Rattlesnake briefly. While that was originaly my only objective, wanted to check out some new-to-me trails. Thus, I continued on to the col, then down the Col Trail.
From there, I followed the Five Finger Point Trail southeast - generally mellow, though a bit rocky in a few places with some ups and downs.
Reaching the loop, I went clockwise. While it wasn't scenic at first, things changed after passing a swamp near the midpoint. From there, the western portion of the loop bumped up to the lake shore multiple times - perfect for wading in the relatively warm water.
After finishing the loop, I took an unmarked trail to the paved road, then continued up to the Undercut Path. Fairly tame, it brought me back out to Route 113, a minute or two below the parking area.
Getting To Trailhead:
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The Old Bridle Path trailhead
The Belknaps as seen over Squam Lake from the West Rattlesnake ledges
The Five Finger Point area of Squam Lake
Directions to trailhead: Take Route 113 West from Center Sandwich. The 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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