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11 days ago

Quick hike to the lookout and back. No breeze and that time of year so lots of bugs, especially at top. a few muddy places, but still a fun short hike.

12 days ago

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

Hiked June 1, 2019. Muddy in spots but was a great hike. Nice view from the top.

18 days ago

Reviews here sum it up well. Nice hike, steep at points and leading to a nice view of Squam Lake. We hiked up Cotton and then over to Livermore to make this a bigger loop. The trail is really wet in spots right now - lots of rain this spring. The leaves make for some challenges at times.

19 days ago

Very buggy and steep. Going down with lots of leaves on the trail was trying, for lack of a better word! Nice short hike though.

1 month ago

Hiked trail 5/18/19 no markings but nice wide trail till near top. Then gets bit wet/muddy. At the top, they have logged the top in several places - lost trail, could not find view point.

1 month ago

Quick, easy hike with a view

Closed for mud season. Nice girl at trailhead directed us to Whitten Woods Trail in Ashland.

3 months ago

great views. not to hard to snowshoe.

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

Short hike with a great view at the end.

6 months ago

11/29/18- the alltrails app takes you right to trailhead. We just had several inches of heavy snow a few days ago, but trail was broken out. I didn't see any trail markings. There is a Small water crossing in the beginning, but the rest of the trail was pretty snow covered. I used micro spikes, but towards the top there were spots snowshoes would have come in handy. It is a gradual ascend, towards the top it is a little more steep. Lots of tree coverage and it was like walking in a winter wonderland. I agree with the reviews. You want to stay right at the split as there was a beautiful view/outlook. I did see a few areas the trail winged off, but I stayed with the trail. Only saw one person on the trail.


Surprisingly nice hike considering the minimal and not too enthusiastic reviews. Pleasant steep climb up Cotton, nice mini view on top. Easy-ish and pretty hike over to Livermore with an even better view and lunch spot there. Lots of pretty little brooks but it was easy to stay dry in spite of colossal rain. Old highway is pretty washed out. Nice hike overall with some good views and just enough of a push without being hard.

Would plan to come on a sunny clear day next time but the hike was still nice! Cotton is steeper and with the wet fall leaves a bit slippery but all the other trails were easy waking. Especially the Prescott section - it’s just like a walk in the woods! No challenges.

HIked up via Cotton Mtn. to Mount Livermore. Only took about an hour even though the hike up Cotton was slippery and wet. After Cotton the hiking was super easy up to Livermore. Instead of back tracking, I made a loop out of this by heading down the Prescott trial to Rte. 113. That trail head is just a short bit down the road from the Cotton trail head - an easy walk up the road to the car. The hike down Prescott was hardly a "hike"...more like a walk downhill in the woods. Nothing steep or challenging. Nice views on Cotton and Livermore albeit the day was cloudy.

7 months ago

Nice short hike, yes, steep like they all say. Hiked on a cloudy day after all the rains and with the fallen leaves it was interesting at times due to the incline. Instead of coming back down it, I went on over to Livermore and took the Prescott trail down to the old road. Nice way to make this into a loop hike.

7 months ago

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

Great bang for the buck!

It's the shortest trail to the summit of West Rattlesnake but it is really steep with some scrambles. I didn't had much time so I took this route to catch the sunset over the squam lakes. I underestimated the trail and brought barely a quarter of a 16.9 ounce water and ran out when I got about 80% to the summit. The hike down was much easier so I didn't needed any water. The views from the summit of West Rattlensnake was absolutely memorable so it was totally worth the quick hike. This was my second hike to the summit of this mountain this year.

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!!

Very well marked. Took us about 3 hrs. Some scrambling on the way up. Recommend going clockwise.

Incredible view!

Short hike with a big reward of a view.

9 months ago

This was an ok hike. It seemed more moderate than easy... yes its kind of a short trail but the majority of the trail is steep! Still doable with a baby on your back but slow and steady for sure. View was nice at top but only a small clearing to see it.

Steep with some minor scrambles. Totally worth the effort short term for an amazing vista.

great views

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