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Wantastiquet Natural Area Summit Trail

MODERATE 110 reviews

Wantastiquet Natural Area Summit Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near West Chesterfield, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,053 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Follows a former quarry road with steady uphill climb.

hiking
bugs
rocky
15 days ago

This trail is a nice hike because parts are uphill and then it goes flat for a bit until the next incline. The gnats were very annoying though, they were not deterred at all by bug spray. The view is mediocre at best. I grew up doing this hike, it had been 15yrs or so since I had done it last. It’s never changed, never been improved or cleaned up or added to at the top, which is unfortunate.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Super fun easy hike with a nice view at the top. Walked up and ran down!

hiking
bugs
rocky
1 month ago

Nice trail, not too hard. Pretty much strolling uphill and then back down. Beautiful views at the top of Brattleboro. The bugs didn’t seem to mind bugspray and I was harassed a bit. Moderately trafficked trail. Ran into quite a few people on a Tuesday afternoon.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice little hike. After the view there isn’t much of a trail. Whether you’re on the upper or lower path the trail peters out and they both lead to private property it seemed.

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

This trail was well marked and had some rocky sections. Easy enough. nice view.

hiking
muddy
rocky
6 months ago

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

The trail is an old road of sorts. It is rocky in places but easy to follow. It was not an overly hard hike as there are switchbacks that make the grade easier. There is a pretty cool cascade near the parking lot, though this may be seasonal.

hiking
muddy
rocky
6 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Good place to watch a sunset.

Monday, October 15, 2018

I just did this hike by accident! I knew about the falls at the beginning of the trail and went to just check that out, but started up the trail out of curiosity and just... kept going. It was a cold and rainy day so I only encountered one other person on the trail and there was no view at the summit to speak of since it was clouded in, but despite all that I really enjoyed the hike. The trail is wide and very clearly marked, with a gentle but steady incline and a few steeper spots. Even though I was unprepared to hike and just in jeans and Bean boots, I was fine, even in the muddy and rocky sections. Beautiful woods.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Beautiful outlook over Brattleboro and surrounding mountains. The trail was really rocky and wet in spots so be careful if there's been a lot of rain:)

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Great to hike up or around! Rock walls not required to climb but climable. Doable hiking for all ages! Perfect for families! Also, the trail that takes you through the side of the mountain has little cut off unmarked trails that take you to the clean, swimmable and fishable water! It's not bad to camp either!

Friday, July 20, 2018

my favorite view of Brattleboro/New Hampshire

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Nice views at top. There are shortcut trails between the switchbacks which make the hike more interesting and difficult. Great hike in winter snow.

Monday, July 16, 2018

busy usually, but a fun hike up to views of downtown Brattleboro

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Lots of friendly dogs and their people! Nice hike and can be done in an hour or two with a great view of Brattleboro.

Friday, July 06, 2018

we watched the fourth of July fireworks from the top. it was beautiful

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Super view and wide trail with switchbacks! Great for families and dogs that can do the 1000 ft climb. I go every year!

hiking
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Great view worth the hike. Good botanizing along he way.

Monday, June 04, 2018

Great trail, amazing view!

hiking
Sunday, May 27, 2018

great hike up to an amazing view any time of year.

hiking
Monday, May 14, 2018

Easy hike, good to do with a dog. A little muddy in parts and lots of gnats at the top, but a beautiful view!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

This trail is probably on the easier side of moderate. Great view of the Connecticut River and Brattleboro. Watch your footing for loose/slippery rocks. There is a small waterfall at the beginning of the trailhead that is worth hiking up the hill to check out.

hiking
Monday, October 16, 2017

Hiked on 10/15/17. Warm October day with great fall color. Small parking area so we parked along the road. The trail is easy and wide. Lots of folks with their dogs. The view at the top is very nice but not as open as you might think. Terrific walk as we were traveling through the area but I wouldn't go 2 hours out of my way for the hike...

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Nice hike among the rocks and trees! Trail is easy to follow and the view at the top is beautiful. worth the time for sure :).

backpacking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Beautiful & an pretty easy hike! Swing by the pond & take a dip, you won't regret it!

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