Rattlesnake Mountain via Bri-Mar Trail

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Raymond, Maine

Rattlesnake Mountain via Bri-Mar Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Raymond, Maine that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 2.5 mi Elevation gain 623 ft Route type Out & Back
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Snowshoeing Walking Bird watching Forest Lake Views Wildlife Rocky Snow No dogs
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NOTE: This trail closes annually between (April 1st-May 1st) for Saturated Soils. Dogs are not allowed on this trail. An easy hike, close to Portland, Maine - only about a half mile from the parking lot to the best view. The view looks over Panther lake and towards Raymond. Could be slippery in the winter as the viewing ledge has a slope to it. There is no view from the summit which is an additional 1/2 mile from the first viewpoint. This is a good hike for small children. As you can see from the map, there is one spot where it is a little steep.

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Guide books show this as the Sheep Pasture trail. The trail head says that this is the Bri-Mar Trail. You can find the trailhead on the left side of Route 85 if you are heading North out of Raymond. The parking lot is less than 2 miles from the Crescent Lake boat launch. The trail is privately maintained. Please observe the posted rules ... a picture of them is posted here.

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Annie Stamell
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If you wanna do a quick hike that’s an easy drive from Portland this will do. One ledge has a good view but the summit is underwhelming.

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Olivia White
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No big views. Slightly disappointed there wasn’t a view facing the western mountains of Maine. Still steep for a short distance.

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Erez Yoeli
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View was nice on the way up. Short hike.

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Jurgen Gerhard
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Branddon Cole
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Elizabeth Bois
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Maegan Callahan
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A bit steep and rocky in places. There’s also some trees you’ll have to climb over. The view is alright unfortunately there’s some trees in the way. Wish dogs were allowed even though people bring them up all the time. Go early to get a parking spot because the lot is very small.

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Diana Snow
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Nice little after work jaunt! Good workout pretty view of lakes.

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Kate Morse
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Belle Hann
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it was a good workout even though steep and slippery in places. the only view besides trees that we found was the first spot on the side of the mountain. if you are more interested in the workout than the view this is a great hike.

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Amy Burtt
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Fairly easy hike with the exception of the beginning where it is steep.

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Cassandra Hudson
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Great trail for all types of abilities. First peak has the best view!

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Brett Bisson
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Great hike! The view points are a good ways before the end of the trail. There is really nothing left of the hike once you get to the last outlook.

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Lindsey LaForge
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Elijah Ionta
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super buggy great workout, not the best views

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Kayla Jordan
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Such a great place for a hike and the views are absolutely breathtaking!! Just be sure to bring some water and to watch out for rocks and tree stems.

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Ali Harris
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Good trail and my 6 year old completed it. Definitely all up hill to start and then becomes flat. To get to the view point you want you have to go down hill again but it’s great. Well worth it. Very tiring though & watch out for slipping, tripping and falling!

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charles darwall
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Make sure to go to the very end to see the view.

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Katherine Mills
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Very buggy, as expected this time of year. Very rocky as well. Best view is from the second viewpoint. After that, the trail just kind of stops with no additional viewpoints.

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kyle friday
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Rattlesnake via Bri-Mar was an enjoyable, mostly well marked, out and back trail. The second view point seems to be the place to stop, due to the summit views being blocked by trees. Once the summit is reached, there are other trails rounding out the perimeter of the top. Some of these trails appear to descend the other side of Rattlesnake Mtn. I followed a few of these trails for (roughly) 1/4 mile... until they seemed to disappear into the landscape. Anyhow, the hike to the summit (2nd viewpoint) is great. I would love to learn more about the interconnecting trails... especially, figuring out if they are actually trails... on another note, the last 1/2-3/4 mile of my trail was me driving off, and forgetting that I was recording... amateur move.

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Charlie Walsh
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bottom to second viewpoint no breaks

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Charlie Walsh
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bottom of trailhead to second viewpoint

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Cindy Sutherburg
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trail well marked initially, but once you ascend the initial 1/4 the tail markers diminish making it tough to tell which way the true tail goes. We believe we summitted, but who knows. Regardless, nice hike, wide trail, less buggy further away from swamp at start of hike. Bring big spray & all is well. great family hike! nice views. Not too busy first thing in the morning. small parking lot, only room for 5-6 cars. we were the first car at 9am but when we left there were more than 10 cars, along road & lot was full.

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Kayla Sinclair
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Hiked yesterday with my kids and MIL we all had a great time exploring! Saw a huge lunar moth! Wasn’t even that buggy!

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Cindy Dan
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The bugs were to thick to see my way to the Summitt

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Sean Banks
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Really beautiful view at the top. Definitely bring bug spray. It was pretty steep for a bit but not bad

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Dori Flynn
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Bri-Mar Trail on Rattlesnake Mountain, Raymond, ME is Easy and Moderate. Enjoy!

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