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Trip Log


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 Ramsey Trail
Looking up the Ramsey Trail

Route: Ramsey Trail

After being ambushed by mosquitoes on my aborted attempt at hiking Mt. Paugus, I decided I wanted to still get out an enjoy the sunny morning. Not wanting to deal with mosquitoes or a long hike, I decided to try a new approach up West Rattlesnake.

Since there is no parking lot available on Pinehurst Road, I parked on the side of the road near the Ramsey Trail trailhead. I'm not sure if this is kosher, but cars could get by and I wasn't encroaching upon anyone's property.

The Ramsey Trail starts off with easy to moderate grades, before turning uphill and starting some steep ascents up some rocky ledges.

Once I reached a height of land, I was a bit confused, as there were yellow blazes going in two directions. To the left, the blazes led to a nice outlook, which I knew was a bit below the Bridle Path. Back at the junction, I took a right and quickly arrived at the upper ledges after a short, steep ascent.

After going to the high point behind the ledges, I went back and enjoyed the sights. I was lucky in that I had the ledges to myself the entire time - nearly 40 minutes! While the temperature was rising and the humidity was high, the bug free conditions and great lake views made it a way to spend a morning.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, June 8, 2008
Hike Commenced: 8:46 AM
Parking Elevation: 640'
Destination: West Rattlesnake
Ascent Commenced: 8:46 AM
Summit Reached: 9:07 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:21
Trailhead Elevation: 640'
Summit Elevation: 1,240'
Distance: .5 mile
Vertical Gain: 630'
Hike Ended: 10:07 AM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:21
Hike Distance: 1 mile
Hike Vertical Gain: 640'

The Old Bridle Path trailhead on Route 113
The Old Bridle Path trailhead on Route 113

A wild columbine flower at the top of West Rattlesnake
A wild columbine flower at the top of West Rattlesnake

Looking at Squam Lake from West Rattlesnake - Click to enlarge
Looking at Squam Lake from West Rattlesnake

Topographic map of West Rattlesnake

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 113 West from Center Sandwich. Shortly after the Mt. Morgan parking lot, take a left onto Pinehurst Road. The Ramsey Trail trailhead will eventually be on the left side of the road. There is no parking lot. Please respect any no parking signs.

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