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Trip Log


East Rattlesnake
Sandwich, NH, Holderness, NH

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

Route: Col Trail, bushwhack, Butterworth Trail, (East Rattlesnake), Ridge Trail, Col Trail

After spending much of the day hiking and doing trail maintenance on Mt. Chocorua, I headed over to the Rattlesnakes for a late afternoon hike.

Rather than do the traditional Rattlesnake hike, we opted to go to the Col Trail, bushwhack along a nice brook, then connect to the Butterworth Trail to the summit of the peak. Down at the viewpoint along the Ridge Trail, the views were pretty strong despite the overcast skies.

Rather than bushwhack back, we continued along the Ridge Trail, using the Col Trail to descend back to the base. There's certainly a lot to explore around these two peaks!

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, May 3, 2009
Hike Commenced: 5:07 PM
Parking Elevation: 740'
Destination: East Rattlesnake
Ascent Commenced: 5:07 PM
Summit Reached: 5:53 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:46
Trailhead Elevation: 740'
Summit Elevation: 1,289'
Vertical Gain: 639'
Hike Ended: 6:41 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:34
Hike Vertical Gain: 699'

The Col Trail trailhead off Route 113
The Col Trail trailhead off Route 113

A wildflower along the bushwhack
A wildflower along the bushwhack

Looking across Squam Lake from East Rattlesnake - Click to enlarge
Looking across Squam Lake from East Rattlesnake

Topographic map of East Rattlesnake

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 113 West from Center Sandwich. The Col Trail trailhead and small parking area is located on the left, shortly after a turn and before the Holderness border. The Col Trail starts off as a woods road.

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