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East Rattlesnake Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Holderness, New Hampshire that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 564 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching






13 days ago

We set out mid morning to hike this with our one year old and preschooler. Unfortunately, the trails was too slick with little pebbles and pine needles underfoot. Many places we were slipping and sliding. We did not make it to the summit but I look forward to trying it again in more mild weather. And when our daughter had a few more trails under her belt.

recorded East Rattlesnake Trail

14 days ago

Beautiful view at the top! Well marked. Short trail but straight up so we found it challenging in the 90 degree weather.

1 month ago

Short hike! The trail was steep on our way up. The view of Swam lake from the top is absolutely blissful.

1 month ago

the view from top is absolutely beautiful!!

3 months ago

Absolutely beautiful!! And the view at the top... spectacular!! Took the ridge trail to the Cole Trail on the way back down. Those trails are also beautiful.

5 months ago

Great Winter hike. The first section gains elevation quickly and is a little slippery. There are lots of level areas and the view is worth the work

6 months ago

8 months ago

quick hike, but straight up and down. beautiful view at the top!

9 months ago

Excellent hike! Early morning is less crowded, on the way down the trail was quite busy for a Tuesday at noon. Beautiful views and plenty of area to stretch out and relax.

great hike with the kids and dog. could not see the lake through the trees. I'm sure once the leaves drop in the fall you'll get a better View.

11 months ago

Great quick 1hour challenging hike. Steep for a good workout. And a really pretty view of Squam Lake from a rocky cliff. Much of the trail is covered with pine needles which is easy on the legs on the climb but a bit slippery on tour way down. Just note that at the he end of the red trail turn right to continue on the ridge trail for less than a .25 mile for the view. Also being bug spray.

11 months ago

View is amazing! Red trail is steep for beginners in my opinion, but there are other trails that lead to same overlook that some fellow hikers said were easier. With that said I did see lots of kiddos doing it with no problem.

Fri Jun 28 2019

amazing view for a short hike

Fri Jun 28 2019

As someone who’s new to hiking, I’d say this was a great shorter hike with a beautiful view.

Sun Jun 02 2019

Stunning views for such little effort. Hike is somewhere between easy to moderate level difficulty.

Sun May 19 2019

Quick, easy hike with a view

Tue Feb 19 2019

Quick and easy hike with a nice view! Great even during the winter. With the snow, it looks like a new adventure!

Fri Jan 04 2019

Short hike with a great view at the end.

Tue Oct 23 2018

good quick hike. view point is small but beautiful. less crowded than West Rattlesnake

Sat Oct 20 2018

Great bang for the buck!

Sun Oct 14 2018

Great little hike, steep! It does connect to other trails, recommend taking ridge trail on your way back over to west rattlesnake summit, the view is even more incredible there!!

Mon Oct 08 2018

Incredible view!

Mon Sep 24 2018

Short hike with a big reward of a view.

Fri Aug 17 2018

great views

Mon Jul 30 2018

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.

Tue Jul 10 2018

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

Sun Jun 03 2018

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.

Mon May 28 2018

Beautiful views for little effort.

Sun Apr 15 2018

I was up there yesterday and all trails are closed for mud season. Rattlesnake, Morgan, Percival.

Sat Nov 25 2017

Very easy hike and you get an AMAZING view of Squam Lake! The kids loved it. We went on Black Friday choosing to #optoutside

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