Rattlesnake Mountain Trail

MODERATE 61 reviews

Rattlesnake Mountain Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Rumney, New Hampshire that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1046 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

22 days ago

I would agree with other as I feel this hike was more moderately paced. The view fro the summit is beautiful especially in the fall. Well worth the trip to hike again for this Connecticut native .

hiking
3 months ago

We hiked this trail Monday last week and were the only ones on it! This is a very steep climb which gets you to the top fairly quickly. There are a couple of false summits and then when you get to the real summit WOW what a view! We were able to see gorgeous foliage reds, orange, yellow and green. Going down was more difficult than anticipated. As someone mentioned earlier the acorns really cover this trail, with the steep hike it almost felt like rollerblading down the mountain! Take your time!! We are two new hikers and with going very slow and stopping for a while at the top it took us 2 hours.

Very well marked trail
Make sure you do the whole loop at the top

hiking
4 months ago

This is not an easy trail as it is very steep. we could not reach the end as it involves climbing a large rock that was sleek with rain and slippery. the trail is beautiful but you need good shoes. the acorns make it slippery. Would go back.

4 months ago

The assent was surprising for an easy trail but well worth the view I guess the tree grew up so I missed the view of the water

5 months ago

Would definitely say the ascent is moderate, and then the views from the top are very beautiful.

5 months ago

This hike was definitely MODERATE and pretty strait up for almost the first half, when you get to the fork you can go either way. That's the loop part. The view at the top was a beautiful view of Rumney and all surrounding mnts. All in all it was a good hike

hiking
5 months ago

This trail is NOT easy and is not the one pictured here. This hike is pretty steep and should be considered moderate, at the very least. There is however a beautiful view from the top, including the wind mills on Tenney Mountain and the Baker River (?). The trail that I suspect is referenced here, and would be considered easy, is the Old Bridle Path in Holderness.

hiking
6 months ago

Note: The above picture is from form a different trail, NOT this trail. (West Rattlesnake Mountain via Old Bridle Trail)

This trail immediately starts off on an incline and the incline only gets worse before leveling out for the most part on the loop - which still has some small variances in elevation. There is NOT a lake view but you do get a view of windmills which ruin the experience in my opinion. To the north you can see Carr Mountain, Mt. Kineo and Stinson Mountain, to the south views of Mt. Cardigan and Tenney Mountain are visible.

Parking can be a nightmare. The lot only holds 5 cars (if people don't hog space). As an alternative if you're with a group and have 2 or more vehicles you can park at the cliffs where people rock climb about a half mile away and shuttle to the trailhead.

6 months ago

Went on rainy day the river was running not a lot of hikers were out so my daughter and I had a great hike would go back

6 months ago

Easy hike with great view over the lake.

7 months ago

This hike should not be listed as easy. Luckily I read the below posts so I was prepared for a work out. I went early in the morning and the mosquitos were very hungry. View at the top was beautiful and there are wild blueberries everywhere. I didn't see a lake and I searched all around.

7 months ago

The climb up is steep but the views are nice and there are a ton of wild blueberries at the top! It's fun to hike the small ridge at the top as the loop continues back down.

hiking
7 months ago

We had a great hike and we're surprised at the top by all the wild blueberries! Great views and nice trail.

hiking
7 months ago

As mentioned, this trail is confused with the Holderness Rattlesnake. As a novice hiker I found this to be a little challenging as it was very steep most of the way up. I don't suggest hiking this trail in wet conditions due to the high likelihood of slipping on the way down. Great view from the top which made it all worth it

hiking
7 months ago

A well maintained trail. Very few exposed roots. The trail is a bit steep in sections but the lack of obstacles, dry conditions, and boots that bite, makes the trail easier to travel. The trail is fairly wide and the lower part of the trail allows walking side by side.

hiking
8 months ago

As advertised - it's a wide, rocky, mod steep climb to the top. The views at the top are awesome. This trail gets confused with another local rattlesnake trail. I didn't see any water from the top. Cheers!

hiking
8 months ago

This was a difficult climb for me as a novice hiker, and you need to take care as the climb is steep almost the entire way up. Coming back down is also needing care if the trail is wet, as slipping and falling is a possibility. My dog truly enjoyed the entire loop, tho! The loop has a larger panoramic view, and the trail is well marked.

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing views at the top! Absolutely worth the hike!

9 months ago

Parts of this trail got very steep and were slippery from leaves. View at the summit was so worth it

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike, steep incline for about a mile but only around 3 miles total. It sounds like some people confuse Rumney Rattlesnake with Holderness Rattlesnake here. Rumney is much steeper. It's April and Mud season is upon us, I still used micro spikes in some spots.

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