West Rattlesnake Trail

Center Sandwich, New Hampshire 3227

West Rattlesnake Trail

West Rattlesnake Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"You will most likely have company on this hike, and for good reason. The views of Squam Lake from the summit of West Rattlesnake are absolutely astounding. With a trip to the top of under 1 mile, it is no wonder that many people flock to this trail to enjoy the sights of this spectacular lake and its many islands.

Try to go midweek or off season if you prefer a little more solitude. The flat rock slabs at the top offer the perfect spot to enjoy a snack or picnic, and the kids will relish climbing around and exploring among the ledges—use caution, however, as there are some precipitous drops."

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"A short, easy hike to a group of rock ledges and a pleasing view of Squam Lake, Lake Winnipesaukee, and the surrounding hills." Read more

West Rattlesnake Trail Reviews

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7/21/2018
This trail has an amazing view at the top of Squam Lake. It's a panoramic view that is just stunning. This is a very easy hike too and it's good for young kids and dogs. Like most easy hikes, there are a lot of people on the trail. It also was a bit muddy when we went but overall still very easy as it's more like a path than a trail with roots, rocks, etc. Highly recommended!
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6/9/2018
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8/14/2009
A slow steady climb through thick forest to the summit. Trail is well maintained with regular use. According to many locals this is one of their favorite hikes. Today was crystal clear and the view of Squam Lake is spectacular. Hike early if you want solitude on the summit. By 10:30 there were many families making there way up.
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2/28/2009
A nice short walk to a fabulous view - always busy. Extended the walk to East Rattlesnake to make it a little more work. All the views are at the West though.
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1/13/2001
This is beyond an easy climb in the summer, but a great workout in mid winter in snowshoes. The trail is wide and clearly marked and ascends comfortably. It's a bit steep at the top and can be a bit slipery on the rock faces, but all-in-all a casual climb. Great snow and great views from the top!
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Trail Information

Center Sandwich
Nearby City
1.8
Distance
400 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Duration
April-November
Season
Squam Lakes Association
Local Contacts
USGS Squam Mountains
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018