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Trip Log


East Rattlesnake
Sandwich, NH

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

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

With mediocre weather and limited time, I went for a quick jog up a somewhat new-to-me trail. Starting at Metcalf Road, I slowly jogged my way up the twisty Butterworth Trail, keeping my eye out for blazes marking many short switchbacks. Due to wet leaves and a lack of energy, I found my progress to be slow on this never overly steep trail.

After reaching the wooded summit, I continued down the Ridge Trail to the viewpoint, from where I had excellent views from the Ossipees to Kearsarge, despite an extended rain event having just moved through.

Once again due to the wet leaves, the descent was a slow jog as well.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Hike Commenced: 3:26 PM
Parking Elevation: 570'
Destination: East Rattlesnake
Ascent Commenced: 3:27 PM
Summit Reached: 3:40 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:13
Trailhead Elevation: 575'
Summit Elevation: 1,289'
Distance: .7 miles
Vertical Gain: 719'
Hike Ended: 4:01 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:35
Hike Distance: 1.6 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 818'

The Butterworth Trail trailhead on Metcalf Road
The Butterworth Trail trailhead on Metcalf Road

Looking at the Ossipees and Red Hill from the East Rattlesnake vista - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Ossipees and Red Hill from the East Rattlesnake vista

Topographic map of East Rattlesnake

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 113 East from Holderness. Shortly after passing the Col Trail, take a right onto Metcalf Road. There is minimal roadside parking within a few hundred feet of the Butterworth Trail trailhead, which will be on the right.

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