West Rattlesnake Mountain and Five Finger Point

Sandwich, New Hampshire

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A well-worn path leads to exhilarating open vistas of Squam Lake, with an option to continue on to crystal clear swimming and jumping rocks! West Rattlesnake Mountain is well loved for a reason: the truly easy, beautiful, 0.9-mile hike and its expansive vistas south over Squam Lake and the Belknap Mountains are rewarding. A sunny Saturday in summer may not be a solitary experience here, but the simple beauty of this natural oasis of rocky ledges and wide-open skies will still be enjoyable. The flat ledges at the summit make a perfect picnic spot, and there are plenty of nooks and crannies to find a private spot to enjoy the view. The path is short and its grades are gentle, making this a perfect trip for the smallest hikers. And if you’re up for a longer day, you can continue on to Five Finger Point for beaches, swimming, and world-class jumping into the crystal clear waters of Squam Lake.
Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire,  and Vermont

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Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont

by Ethan Hipple and Yemaya St. Clair (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

A well-worn path leads to exhilarating open vistas of Squam Lake, with an option to continue on to crystal clear swimming and jumping rocks! West Rattlesnake Mountain is well loved for a reason: the truly easy, beautiful, 0.9-mile hike and its expansive vistas south over Squam Lake and the Belknap Mountains are rewarding. A sunny Saturday in summer may not be a solitary experience here, but the simple beauty of this natural oasis of rocky ledges and wide-open skies will still be enjoyable.

The flat ledges at the summit make a perfect picnic spot, and there are plenty of nooks and crannies to find a private spot to enjoy the view. The path is short and its grades are gentle, making this a perfect trip for the smallest hikers. And if you’re up for a longer day, you can continue on to Five Finger Point for beaches, swimming, and world-class jumping into the crystal clear waters of Squam Lake.

© 2014 Ethan Hipple and Yemaya St. Clair/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sandwich
Distance: 1.8-5.3 miles
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: No posted hours
Additional Use: Swimming
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Squam Lakes Association, 603-968-7336, squamlakes.org
Local Maps: USGS Squam Mountains quad; AMC White Mountain National Forest Map & Guide, L6 (AMC); squamlakes.org/map
Driving Directions: Directions to West Rattlesnake Mountain and Five Finger Point

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