Time for the “Other” Rattlesnake: East and West Rattlesnake Mountain, Holderness

Hosted by Monte Alto Hikers

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This is a past event

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New Hampshire 113

NH-113 · Holderness, NH

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We’re headed to West Rattlesnake Mountain in Holderness! The hike is planned to go the summit of both West and East Rattlesnake. With good weather in the forecast, the views of Squam Lake and the islands should be fantastic.

We will hike the Old Bridle Path to West Rattlesnake (elevation 1243 ft) and then the Ridge Trail to the East summit (elevation 1297 ft). Total distance is 4 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 1,000 feet.

Bad weather may cancel. Check back for changes to the plan at least the night before.

Please read the entire description before you RSVP to this event.

If you wish to join us, you must RSVP yes so that we know you will be attending. Your RSVP is also acceptance of the Terms and Conditions and Disclaimer below. If your plans change, update your RSVP.

Be sure to bring all of the appropriate clothing, food, water, and equipment (see GEAR section for guidance) and be fully capable of completing the hike so that you do not put yourself and others in the group at risk.


We will meet in the parking lot on Rt 113. From I-93, take Exit 24 and follow Rt. 3 East to Holderness (about 4.5 miles). From Holderness, turn left (north) and follow Rt. 113 (a slow, curvy road) northeast for 5.5 miles.At the top of a hill, just past Pinehurst Road on the right, park in the large lot on the right-hand side of the road. It will look like you are turning into a private driveway, but then you will immediately bear right to enter the parking lot.. This is approximately 25 minutes from Plymouth.

Those who wish to carpool from Cafe Monte Alto or elsewhere, please use the comments section to coordinate with other group members. Plan on being at the trailhead by 9am.

This hike is dog friendly. Please note one of the dogs attending just came into heat. If your dog is an intact male or a dog who will not leave her alone, you should plan on keeping him/her leashed to maintain separation and to avoid a problem.

**** GEAR ****

Use this link and list to see what you should have for clothing, equipment, and gear:
- https://www.outdoors.org/trip-ideas-tips-resources/gear-advice/winter-gear-guide
- Winter hiking boots
- Microspikes
- Snowshoes
- Hat & gloves (2 sets of each)
- Extra clothing layers
- Hiking poles are highly recommended

Be sure to let people back home know where you're going, who you're going with, and when you expect to be back. Please have emergency contact information and any pertinent medical information easily accessible in your pack.

****** TERMS and CONDITIONS ******
We start as a group, hike as a group, and finish as a group. You should always be able to SEE the person behind you and ahead of you. We will stop at all trail junctions until the group is all together and ready to go. If you need to stop, you must notify the group. Please try to limit extra stops by layering up or down, etcetera when the group takes a break. We should keep the number and length of breaks to a minimum to prevent people from cooling down too much.

The organizers of this activity are volunteers, and are not professional guides nor medical professionals. As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity, you acknowledge and agree to the following:

This activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risks associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, food, water, and equipment to safely participate in this activity even if you become separated from the group; you know and will follow the Hike Safe Responsibility Code (http://www.hikesafe.com); you and your heirs release, hold harmless, and indemnify the organizers and members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death, including those caused by negligence and/or any other reasons.