Rattlesnake Mountain via Bri-Mar Trail

MODERATE 137 reviews

Rattlesnake Mountain via Bri-Mar Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately 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.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
623 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

rocky

snow

no dogs

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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16 days ago

Very steep trail and not the best views at the top. It was also really buggy so bring bug spray if the bugs bother you. No dogs allowed for some reason. I did this hike with a 3 year old who has done many hikes and would rate it as hard for such a little person. The footing was also difficult do to the rocks and leaves making everything feel loose.

21 days ago

Nice hike with plenty of wildflowers and a nice view partway up. However, the trail is not always marked, and there are a few confusing side trails that may lead you astray. When you get to the large uprooted tree in the trail, go around to the LEFT of it to stay on the trail to the summit. There's a well-marked trail on the right that will take you down to a gravel road, so avoid it if you're heading to the top. If you find yourself heading down, you need to turn around!

1 month ago

a beautiful and peaceful hike. I do it as a loop in about 70 minutes. spend time at the first "summit" to take in those gorgeous views. parking is tricky.

1 month ago

I love the trail. I hiked it 7 months pregnant with 4 kids! its steep but fun and worth the view once your at the top.

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1 month ago

Disappointed this trail is no longer dog friendly. I grew up in the area and used this trail often, many good memories. Not anymore though if my well behaved pup can't join. I'm sure there is good reason for this, but too bad nonetheless.

1 month ago

Close to home. Quick and beautiful.

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1 month ago

I live less than 10 minutes from Rattlesnake. I think it is a great quick hike as it is short and steep. There are two viewpoints and as others have said past the second view point the actual "summit" doesn't actually have a view.

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2 months ago

FYI trail is closed . April 1st - May either 1st or 31st , we drove over and hour and 1/2 to find this out. We were there yesterday which was March 31st and it was closed !

3 months ago

This is great hike for kids & adults. Views are awesome!
Parking can be tricky on busy days.

Kasey Marsters

Foxtrickadventures.com

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7 months ago

Followed the Maine Mountain Guide, page114, after the directions in Fifty Hikes in Southern Maine, page 29, let us down. We took the northern approach, heading southwesterly to the top from Route 11, just as the Guide described. The trail head, as it were, is across from an unpainted barn and at a “Tamarack Trl Pvt” road sign. When the book describes the trail and “overgrown,” that is an understatement. When the book describes the trail and “blue blazed,” that is an overstatement. In the beginning, after finding the trial, we had no problems because the trial is really wide enough to be a carriage road from years ago. We lost the “trail” several times, however, because the blazes are faint to non-existent and the trial positively disappears. Were it not for the gravel road to our left, we may have gotten lost. We did manage to bushwack our way to the top taking a southwesterly path. The ledges we found at 940 ft. gave us a gorgeous view of lakes, rivers, and marshes. We ate lunch there, and I’m not sure it was truly the top, but we headed northerly on a well trodden trail with faint blue blazes from the ledges. (We did not come up that way, however.) Sure enough, we lost the trial again when it intersected the gravel road. I cut an arrow into electric pole N0. 16/26 at about 720 ft. noting how to get to the trial from the road. We generally followed that road until I could see the trail (wide enough to be a carriage road) near the bottom and then took it to the car.

We left the car at 12:40 p.m., made it to the ledges at 1:20 p.m., and made it back to the car at 2:20 p.m. The hike was very easy except where we bushwacked up a steep section to get to the ledges. If we stay to the road instead, this hike would be a cake walk with great rewards at the ledges in terms of views. We passed at least one other trail to the top which was in a field that we’ll have to try next time, as we saw a number of others parked there and hiked.

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7 months ago

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8 months ago

We loved this hike for an early morning blood pumping walk with a view as a reward at the end. Unfortunately, no no dogs :(, so we can't go here. It's unfortunate that so many people with dogs off leash caused the owners to implement this rule.

9 months ago

Fantastic Views on many cliff sides

9 months ago

Fun easy climb but also a very good workout. The view is fantastic. Close to my home. Fun for kids.

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10 months ago

Rattlesnake Mountain and the Bri-Mar Trail make for an excellent hike. There's a good variety of easy walking combined with some fairly challenging climbing. As others have mentioned, this hike provides a very good workout. My wife and I climbed at a brisk pace and our hearts were pounding. There are several steep sections as you proceed to the summit, but the trail is well-maintained and clear.

Just a word of caution or two, the parking area is extremely small. I read somewhere that you can park along the road if the lot is full. There are now sign prohibiting parking outside of the small lot. There are also signs warning of possible towing, so park carefully!

We also noticed several side-trails while climbing up and down. We followed one and it led off to a dirt road, well away from the trailhead, which required some backtracking, but nothing we couldn't handle. All in all, we loved this hike.

10 months ago

Pretty disappointed as my husband and I used to hike this trail with our dogs all the time... We went there today for the first time this year and saw the NO DOGS sign. So sad.

11 months ago

I've been hiking here for years with my dog and just saw the huge NO DOGS signs. Very disappointed. Seriously, what harm can a dog do?

11 months ago

Just FYI, dogs ARE NOT allowed on this trail (there are several signs posted). Also, VERY small parking area. I drove all the way out to hike the trail with my dog only to find there were no parking spots and couldn't take the dog anyway. Was a huge bummer.

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11 months ago

It should be called a hill and not a mountain... the view is not a view if you have hiked any other mountain before. Would not recommend.

11 months ago

The trail offers a beautiful view but the hike up is a little steep. Also the trail is not well marked and we had a hard time finding the 2nd overlook. If you are looking for a quick workout, try this trail.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

well marked, nice moderate mini hike! would definitely do again when not enough time for a day hike

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

I like this trail because it's so close to home for me. It's not too hard, not too easy, great for a quick workout, and the view at the top is decent. They recently added a "no dogs" sign, though, which bums me out, as I used to bring my dog with me here all the time.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Just got here and found a large SORRY NO DOGS sign. I am pretty bummed. This was our spot to hike.

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Trails not well marked. Nice 1-2hr hike though.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

It was a beautiful fall day and I hiked this at a brisk pace. A great place to bring anyone for a nearby hike that's worth the view.

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Great views

Sunday, October 30, 2016

great trail for a short hike. brought my dog up with me wich was good. ran into a handfull of people and other dogs. it took about an hour and a half or so to get in and out. PAY ATTENTION on your way out, trail isnt marked well.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

fun trail. saw great foliage. a little steep for very young children.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Not too shabby. Hiked it for the first time today with my 18 month old in a hiking pack - cracked one heck of a sweat on the way up. Definitely some steep sections; just be careful with footing. Half way up is the best view.

*Glad I came across this hiking app... makes finding new gems, like this one, so much easier.

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

this trail gets fairly steep quick. didn't expect that. over all nice trail great out look at the summit. enjoyed the time I was on the trail.

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