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Rattlesnake Mountain
Casco, ME, Raymond, ME

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

Looking up Bri-Mar Trail

Route: Bri-Mar Trail, blue blazed trail, unknown trail, (Rattlesnake Mountain), unknown trail, blue blazed trail, Bri-Mar Trail

The second hike of the day was Rattlesnake Mountain. Arriving at the Bri-Mar Trail trailhead, I could see there were already some folks out on the trail.

The first part of the trail goes through a meadow filled with wildflowers. From there, the trail was somewhat hard to follow - there are multiple junctions and only a few faded blazes. For future reference, left at the first fork, then merge left at the second junction, then right at the last fork, heading up hill.

After a somewhat steep portion, the trail becomes increasingly scenic, arriving at a nice grassy viewpoint. This is still somewhat short of the summit.

I continued on from the viewpoint, soon ending up on a blue blazed trail. I followed this for a bit, before notcing it was losing elevation. Backtracking, I went to a junction I had reached earlier and followed a herd path up to what seemed to be the highpoint. With nothing to see here, I went back to the blue blazed trail, then took a left at another junction and followed a series of red spray painted rocks and ribboned trees to a grown in viewpoint with a log bench. All things considered, it was a pretty fruitless endeavor going beyond the original grassy viewpoint, so I went back to that and enjoyed the excellent vista.

Fortunately, bugs were not a problem at all.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, July 13, 2008
Hike Commenced: 11:03 AM
Parking Elevation: 460'
Destination: Rattlesnake Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 11:03 AM
Summit Reached: 11:38 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:35
Trailhead Elevation: 460'
Summit Elevation: 1,035'
Vertical Gain: 625'
Hike Ended: 12:31 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:28
Hike Vertical Gain: 745'



The Bri-Mar Trail trailhead


One of many wildflowers near the beginning of the Bri-Mar Trail


Looking toward Sebago Lake from the viewpoint below the Rattlesnake Mountain summit




Directions to trailhead: Take Route 302 East from Bridgton, then take a left onto 11 North. In Webb Mills, take a right onto Route 85 South. The Bri-Mar Trailhead and parking area are located on the side of a field on the right side of Route 85.

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