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Rattlesnake Mountain via Bri-Mar Trail

MODERATE 225 reviews

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.

Distance: 2.5 miles Elevation Gain: 623 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Good trail. Could use more markings of the trail

Fun little hike. Small, but steep section to get he heart pumping. Plateaus for an easy finish to the hike. I took a loop detour off the NW side of the mountain. Take the path to the path down just before you reach the ledge view (on the descent). It connects to a dirt road for a small section. The trailhead back up is right next to a utility pole and brings you back out near a large uprooted tree where the original path is. Fun little detour.

hiking
2 months ago

trail marking are terrible. view is ok

hiking
3 months ago

We had a great hike! The trail is well marked at the bottom, but we missed a turn towards the top and ended up hiking down a connecting trail for a bit. Finally found the trail to the view point behind a huge fallen tree. The view was worth getting turned around! I would definitely hike this again.

hiking
blowdown
3 months ago

Great morning hike! Trails aren’t marked very good, but other than that it’s great!

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty hike. Not well marked. The summit is anti climatic, but there are two viewing points which are very pretty. I got to the top and didn’t know I was at the top! Haha.

hiking
4 months ago

It’s highly unfortunate dogs are not allowed.

hiking
blowdown
5 months ago

hiking
bugs
5 months ago

good view for minimal distance/effort. however, it should be noted that the primary spot is indicated as “second viewpoint” on the map. this trail goes further but it leads to nothing. TONS of mosquitos on 6/23/19.

hiking
5 months ago

It's a fantastic cardio workout pretty steep patches to get the heart rate up. There are some places with some downed trees but the views just shy of the summit are beautiful. We're using it to work our way up to some bigger hikes.

hiking
5 months ago

A nice hike. Trees down across the trail in more than one spot. Pretty views. Bugs were aplenty.

hiking
5 months ago

A nice hike. Trees down across the trail in more than one spot. Pretty views. Bugs were aplenty.

hiking
over grown
5 months ago

Not a bad hike. Somewhat more difficult than Sabbatus but easier than Pleasant Mountain. Trail not well marked or maintained (numerous downed trees across trail). Beware of ticks - my friend and I each picked one off after the hike.

6 months ago

It's a steep climb, but well worth it for the view. It's not always marked well, so you have to pay attention.

hiking
bugs
6 months ago

Great established trail. Lots of bugs! Beautiful views of the lakes. Rocky in some parts but totally awesome.

hiking
bugs
muddy
6 months ago

bring deet.

hiking
7 months ago

This was a ton of fun. The leaves made going down the steep part a little precarious and as others said the top was lackluster, but midpoint views were beautiful.

hiking
7 months ago

The steep part of trail was covered in leaves making it slippery so it would probably be tough for a toddler to hike. The scenic view was pretty and there was a small stream/waterfall at the start of the trail that my kids enjoyed.

hiking
10 months ago

Great quick hike, perfect for hikers building their stamina for bigger trails.

Thu Oct 18 2018

The views make it worthwhile.

hiking
Sun Sep 23 2018

This is a good last minute hike destination to choose since it is fairly quick. I wasn't blown away by the view at the summit but still worth the trek up for a few hours of outdoor enjoyment! We went on the first day of fall and the colorful leaves on the ground were a highlight for sure. There were a few places where the path was a little uncertain so look for the red signs on the rocks and trees as you go!

hiking
Mon Sep 17 2018

A simple hike with enough elevation gain to be strenuous for me. I like to do a slightly shorter version of the trail (1.7 miles). . I turn around at the second and last outlook and don’t continue to the end. If you do that you’ll get a little more distance but almost no extra elevation and no more views. You’ll just walk a little further along the wooded ridge and I’m not usually interested in that.

hiking
Sat Sep 15 2018

I was turned off by the no dog thing- but on my way up- someone had a dog anyway- rebels... but seriously- a good hike- good views- but nothing to really look at except that scenic overlook- summit was very disappointing. It was ok, tho. Definitely good exercise! Just kinda boring.

Sun Sep 02 2018

Short and sweet. Awesome view of lakes from the top.

Mon Aug 20 2018

We loved this trail and the view were spectacular.

Tue Jul 17 2018

Good sandwiches at the local deli nearby.

hiking
Mon Jul 09 2018

This hike starts out by walking through a field of beautiful wild flowers. Once you pass through the tree line the trail steadily gets steeper and steeper. Once you get to the second viewpoint and take in the scenery the hike levels out but doesn’t really lead to anything

hiking
Mon Jun 25 2018

We hike this one quite a bit. Its got a steep section near the beginning that is a good work out and the view from the top is decent. There are a couple spots where it's not completely clear where to go, but nothing too bad and overall its not too hard to find your way.

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