Explore the most popular birding trails in West Rattlesnake Natural Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice well maintained trails. We took old bridal path to Col trail and made a loop after reaching the peak of west rattle snake. We did a lot of down hill climbing on Col trail before ascending up. A relatively easy trail. We had a four yr old w us who did just great.

on Old Bridle Path

hiking
7 days ago

so in love the trail. it breath taking. we will be do this in falls

easy and beautiful views

21 days ago

Family did this trail today with a 6 yo and 2 yo in a backpack. Perfect length, great view at the top, and clearly marked.

my family and I did this hike today we have a 9 yo and a 5 yo they had no problem. Beautiful views!

Steep with some minor scrambles. Totally worth the effort short term for an amazing vista.

great views

hiking
1 month ago

easy hike with beautiful views!

Moderately busy at height of the season but worth the short climb for the view.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Well maintained. Hike is good for kids and dogs (there were many dogs the day we went).
View is great at the top.
Parking was tricky we had to park on the road (be sure not to be over the white line if you’re on the road because we saw people getting ticketed).

Every place marked No Parking. We had to turn around and leave. :-(

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing view awarded after a relatively easy hiking under 40 minutes. Perfect for young kids and dogs. The view at the top is unobstructed and there is plenty room to roam around and take a rest. The trail can get muddy at places (we went after a few days on rain) but it doesn't get slippery. Highly recommended.

Nice, easy trail. Great for kids. Great views!

hiking
1 month ago

Now that I've done it I can see why it earns the top spot for the best trail in the area. The trail to the west rattlesnake mountain is easy but interesting every step of the way. The panoramic view of Squam Lake from the West Rattlesnake Mountain is absolutely memorable. I've recently purchased a nice 12x binocular for the hike and what an absolute treat.

I was able to see kayakers, sail boats and distant houses from the gorgeous summit. There is a good reason why this mountain always pack a crowd. There are plenty of shade so we really enjoyed the picnic food as well. The way back is even easier and more enjoyable as it is an easy downhill stroll all the way. This is one trail that I will definitely do again.

The east rattle snake trail is a little more wooded and thus more buggy than the west rattle snake mountain side. The view is good but definitely can not compare to the west rattle snake side. But it's a short hike for a relatively good reward.

hiking
1 month ago

Ridiculously beautiful payoff for such a short, easy hike. I’m usually a stickler for proper footwear but we did this in sandals with no problem.

hiking
2 months ago

Great for the the whole family

My kids do not like hiking as much as I do. My kids love this hike for the rock jump and swim!

hiking
2 months ago

Very easy trail. The leaves are slippery, but we were able to do the entire trail in an hour and 45 minutes with a couple of 15 minute stops at the tiny beaches! We even saw a massive snapping turtle in the water, which was cool, but I definitely didn't wanna go for a swim after seeing him haha. Bug spray is a must!

You cant beat the views for such an easy little hike. The one downside is how busy it always is.

Fantastic view for such a quick hike! Some parts are quite steep, but the view is worth it. If you're parking at the trailhead, make sure you get there early. There's only room for 4 or 5 cars

Beautiful hike with some sandy beaches if you need to cool off!

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing hike! Not too hard at all! Great length - hiked with baby on my back great for kids and family. View was spectacular! Definitely recommend.

hiking
2 months ago

Fantastic effort-to-payoff ratio... easy short hike with stunning views of Squam Lake.

what an amazing view.

hiking
3 months ago

THE view was incredible

on Old Bridle Path

3 months ago

Very good for a family looking for an easy hike. It does get busy here. Views of lake are great with nice rocks to sit on while you enjoy the view. Trail is more like a nice wide path with steps. Road in and out is paved nice. Parking is directly across from parking for Mt. Morgan Trail. Bring a picnic and enjoy a few hours.

hiking
3 months ago

Same view as the West Rattlesnake Mountain hike, with less people. The trail is well cut with some parts of steep climbing, and the view is incredible. At only a little longer than a mile, it’s pretty much the ideal quick hike.

Beautiful views for little effort.

Vraiment magnifique !!! Le sentier est très beau dans une belle forêt. Et la vue est superbe, inoubliable. C'est à mon sens la plus belle randonnée que j'ai fait dans tout mon road trip. Je ne suis pas descendu pas le même chemin que la monté, on peut faire une boucle en passant par Ramsey trail et undercut path trail, (vert et blanc 50 mettre vers la droite sur la route pour rejoindre le parking), ce qui rend encore plus sympa la randonnée. On a vu sur le chemin des juvéniles de triton (salamandre orange avec des points rouge). Ça nous a prit 35 minutes pour monter et 1h pour descendre. Il y a beaucoup d'espace en haut pour s'assoir profiter de la vue, picniquer, s'allonger lire...

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