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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 Col Trail
Looking up the Col Trail

Route: Col Trail, Ridge Trail, (West Rattlesnake), Pasture Trail

While the forecast had called for an almost completely cloudy day, the skies had cleared. Thus, I decided to go for a quick lunchtime jog.

Starting on Pinehurst Road, I rolled the dice and left light traction behind. Jogging up the Col Trail, I encountered very little ice. After the somewhat steep climb to the col between the Rattlesnakes, I continued up the Ridge Trail to the West Rattlesnake summit, then over to the view ledges.

With blue skies the views were quite nice. In the distance, I could see the Ossipees were covered in either ice or snow in the higher elevations.

For the descent, I jogged down the Pasture Trail.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Hike Commenced: 12:39 PM
Parking Elevation: 623'
Destination: West Rattlesnake
Ascent Commenced: 12:42 PM
Summit Reached: 12:53 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:11
Trailhead Elevation: 720'
Summit Elevation: 1,240'
Vertical Gain: 530'
Hike Ended: 1:06 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:27
Hike Vertical Gain: 657'

The Col Trail trailhead
The Col Trail trailhead

Looking at Red Hill and, behind it, the white Ossipee Range, from the West Rattlesnake ledges - Click to enlarge
Looking at Red Hill and, behind it, the white Ossipee Range, from the West Rattlesnake ledges

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. Park outside the private property entranceway (don't block the road!), then follow the road up shortly, taking a left, then a right between two cabins. The Col Trail sign will be a minute or two up the path.

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