West Rattlesnake Mountain

Walking in Squam Lake

One of New Hampshire's best family hikes, and a great sunset excursion, the gradual 1-mile climb of West Rattlesnake Mountain (1260ft) on the Old Bridle Path ends atop broad flat rocks overlooking the Lakes Region. Squam Lake is in the foreground, Lake Winnipesaukee in the distance. The trailhead is 4 miles north of Squam Lake (Holderness) on NH 113.

The Old Bridle Trail ends at the rocks on the summit, with spectacular views, but you can take your pick of three other trails that continue from the summit to various points across the West and East Rattlesnake Mountains. The elevation gain on the climb to the summit is only 450ft.

Parking can be tricky in midsummer. If the parking lot is full, you can park on NH 113, except where signs say 'No Parking.'