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West Rattlesnake Mountain

Rt. 113, Holderness, NH 03245
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A quick easy, but very popular hike

This is a short hike {about 2 miles roundtrip} with little elevation gain {about 450'} to a great... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Best Option for First Hike

This is the best option, in my opinion, for a first time hike. It's short but still has that "I... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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“easy hike” (33 reviews)
“short hike” (18 reviews)
“squam lake” (48 reviews)
Rt. 113, Holderness, NH 03245

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a short hike {about 2 miles roundtrip} with little elevation gain {about 450'} to a great view of Squam Lake. It is good for the whole family. It is also a popular hike so don't be surprised if you are not alone at...More

1  Thank NH_Camper_5
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the best option, in my opinion, for a first time hike. It's short but still has that "I hike a mountain" feeling. The view is amazing.

Thank CrisFM7
Reviewed 1 week ago

Trail is about 0.8mi each way, and the views at the top are super! Parking lot is small so go early to avoid the mid morning crowds.

Thank feistyscientist
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great spot for great views of the lake; quick hike - just over 1 mile, not too difficult; Remember the bug spray

Thank fbroussard
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great, yet challenging hike to the top. Free parking at the trailhead and there is another hike to the mountain on the other side of the road.

Thank Konrad V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Super easy hike with great views at the end! Not to strenuous at all. A lot of room at the top to take picture as well.

1  Thank Jean T
Reviewed 10 May 2017

Every May we head to West Rattlesnake in Holderness NH. Parking lot is on the right side of RT113 and it's big. But get here early, it fills up. Short 1 mile hike to the summit is perfect for kids. Our pre-schoolers had no troubles...More

Thank mountlombard
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Fantastic- the best views are after the hardest climb! You won't be disappointed. Parking off 113 is better option but the trails off Pinehurst Rd offer good options to explore different paths to the summit

1  Thank Bill F
Reviewed 24 February 2017

We bring friends here to experience a NH hike. I point to this MTN from our canoe on Big Squam Lake.

1  Thank sarahordonald
Reviewed 4 November 2016

This is a must do while in Holderness. It is an easy hike for those who may not be experienced. The views are breathtaking and the fall colors were beautiful.

1  Thank Courtney M
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I am confused as to the length of the hike. I see some folks say it is less than 2 miles round trip and then one writer (tank1050) said it is 1.7 mi. one way. Please clarify, thanks!
24 November 2016|
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Response from Dibird50 | Reviewed this property |
The reason I said the amount of miles I did was I took two different trails and there is an East and a west we did the other trail on the east side then the west along with two lookout pts on the West.
Susan D
is this trail 1.7 miles round trip or each way?
17 August 2016|
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Response from tank1050 | Reviewed this property |
One way. It took us seniors about an hour or so up and a bit less coming back down, but e were not booking it like some of the younger folks who passed us along the way.