West Rattlesnake is a beautiful open outcrop located in Holderness, NH. Despite being dwarfed by the towering Squam Range behind them, the Rattlesnake Mountains boast great views for their size! The gentle Old Bridal Path, which is less than a mile long, leads to the outcrop. A path of the same length begins at the peak of West Rattlesnake and leads to East Rattlesnake. They both feature south-facing views, although West Rattlesnake is significantly more expansive. Visitors to West Rattlesnake can enjoy panoramic views of Squam Lake and its many forested islands, as well as bald eagle roosts and distant mountains. The true summit of West Rattlesnake Mountain is located a few hundred feet to the north along the Ridge Trail in the forests.
West Rattlesnake has lots of space and since it is so easy to access, there are usually many people. The close-up view of Squam Lake is something the area’s taller mountains can’t provide. Don’t miss out on visiting West Rattlesnake!
- Type: Summit
- Elevation: 1243 ft
- Prominence: 280 ft
- Parent mountain: West Rattlesnake Mountain
- Easiest trail: West Rattlesnack via Old Bridle Path
- Trail distance: 2.0 miles (out and back)
- Trail difficulty: Easy
- Trail popularity: High
- Elevation gain: 450 feet
- Estimated hike time: 2 hours
- Address: NH-113
- Town: Holderness
- State: New Hampshire
- GPS: Lat 43.78148 Lng -71.54122
- Parking notes: The West Rattlesnake Mountain Trailhead parking area has about 40 spots. There is additional parking at the Mt. Morgan parking area located across Route 113. Parking is free, but it does get full often.
- Parking directions: HERE
- Location directions: HERE