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Rattlesnake Mountain Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Rumney, New Hampshire that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.3 mi Elevation gain 938 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

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Douglas Sheare
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HikingGreat!

It was a short hike but I matched it up with another one but the view was awsome, enjoy

Danielle Hadley
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Hiking

Amazing views at the top, and blueberries if you go at the right time of year! Moderate, but steep for most of the hike which makes it a pain. I would go again!

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Peter Tesini
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Hiking

Great little hike with a partial bald top. Great view.

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Christine S.
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HikingBugs

A fun, short hike! It took us about 1 hour 30 minutes round trip at a steady pace with a couple of quick water breaks (not including the break at the summit). The trail from the parking lot was very wooded/shaded, and it has a steady incline from early on until halfway or more. Bring water! The trails are mostly dirt, so much easier footing than maneuvering your feet in between rocks like other NH trails. It then levels off more toward the top, with the exception of a few rocky areas to hoist yourself up over. We stayed right at the fork toward the top. Once at the summit, keep going until you see the town views and windmills in a distance. You can then keep walking around the summit for even better views on the other side. Worth the climb! The way down was much quicker. I can imagine a good hike for dogs to join! The parking lot is very small since the two rock climbing parking lots nearby were closed due to COVID-19 still.

Kimberly Bacher
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BackpackingBugs
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Gina Saxon
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HikingBugs
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Jim Esposito
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HikingScramble

Yet another example of a short, moderately strenuous hike in the Whites that rewards with views that are the yield of a larger scale climb. It comes with the basic, two dimensional satisfaction of up and down and nothing in between. The climb is a relentless, upward incline of varying degrees, until you reach the loop. The loop becomes increasingly rocky, with outcrops and cobbles that afford panoramic views of Rumney, Plymouth, the surrounding mountains and beyond. Can’t ask for much more. Throughly satisfying.

Peggy Qvicklund
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Hiking

Starts off in a beautiful pine/hemlock forest. Then up you go, dusty, worn path, no switchbacks. Did not enjoy this section. Once at the loop trail it became more enjoyable. Went counter-clockwise. Beautiful ridge walk with views into the valley.

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Joshua Hill
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HikingMuddy

Good trail as always just a little wet but not bad!

George Jones
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Easy to Moderate trail up to a beautiful valley view!

Sarah fitzwater
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Hiking

The pictures of the lake views are from rattlesnake mountain near squam lake area. Completely different trail. This rattlesnake mountain does have an amazing view but no view of the lake. It’s prefect to bring family and have lunch at the top in sunshine. Very open summit with nice views.

Jon Sayre
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Hiking

Nice short hike, however it's very steep. My 4yr old hiked It well and didn't complain much at all. Will be doing again..

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Steven Brook
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Hiking

WHAT A GREAT LITTLE MT. LEDGES ON TOP ARE WIDE OPEN . THIS TIME YEAR IS A 360* VIEW. GREAT HALF DAY HIKE. ALL ELEVATION IS ON THE WAY UP. THE LOOP ITSELF IS FAIRLY LEVEL. WE HAD 4 TURKEY VULTURES COMING DOWN TO CHECK US OUT WHEN WE WERE HANGING AROUND ON TOP.

NH Offroads
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Hiking

The view from the summit is overlooking the town of Rumney. This is not East or West Rattlesnake that overlooks Squam Lake. Some of the pictures in this post show Squam Lake. This was a nice short hike but is steep in a few sections with a lot of leaves down for slippery areas. Overall a cute family hike.

George DeWolf
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Hiking

This trail near where I live, so this is my go to conditioning hike. Although short, this hike is quite steep and rocky in many places.

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Peter Clune
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Hiking

Hiked this last week solo right before sunset. Not much of a view except a few hills and some windmills in the background. Parking may be difficult to find on a busy day.

Debby Duty Perry
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Hiking

Beautiful. But No views

Julio Sanchez
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Hiking

Family of four from Texas, so not much mountain hiking experience. Kids are 8 and 15. Very well marked path (yellow rectangles on trees or rocks). Most of the hike is straight up so just pace your self and stop when needed. When you get to the loop on top I recommend going left (clockwise), it will make the climb to the top easier. It took us 3.5 hours with plenty of sitting breaks. A few snacks to enjoy at the top is a good idea with kids. The "parking lot" is very small...like two cars wide small. We drove down past the trail head sign about 100 feet and found another little notch in the road to park. Not sure if there is more parking beyond that. Street parking does not seem possible.

Stanley Bujalski
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Hiking

Be careful not to confuse this hike with the East Rattlesnake Trail in Holderness, NH. The photo showing Squam Lake, as shown for this trail, is actually taken from the summit of East Rattlesnake Trail.

Sarah Chambers
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Hiking

Nice trail. Pretty difficult- a straight up hike for most of the trail up to the summit loop section. Great for birdwatching! Saw several bird of prey soaring at the summit. Views were beautiful and continued on the trail for a good stretch. Moderately trafficked- we saw 6 other groups along our hike including a kids camp and group of mountain bikers. A good hike to get you sweating!

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Jason Kim
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Linda Relson
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Mark A.
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Hiking

Short but rewarding. You do earn it getting to the top as it feels like you are walking straight up...no back and forth to ease the elevation change. Views are nice at the top. Others spoke of the bugs and I am a bug magnet. However today we sprayed for them and they were a non factor. We enjoyed the top so it took us about 2 hours round trip.

Krista Krista Westermayer
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Hiking

Limited parking, dog friendly.. great views. Definitely plan to build up a sweat first 0.5mi I'd a quick gain!

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Hannah Tellier
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Great hike. I’ve been doing this one since I was a kid. This time was a little tough though. We got destroyed by mosquitoes and it was very muddy. The trail could use some maintenance. Some branches hanging in the trail and downed trees. Very very muddy and buggy. It might be a tough one for dogs. There’s a rocky scramble near the end that smaller pups might need a bit of help getting up. Overall pretty good though.

Carly Spear
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Hiking

This trail was an intense one-shot uphill to the loop trail part. I found the hike to be very enjoyable besides that first part - which is also very wet and buggy with mosquitos in particular. No ticks on me. The views are incredible at the top.

Charli Wells
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