West Rattlesnake Mountain
We had seen the rocky outcropping of West Rattlesnake Mountain throughout the day as we were exploring Big Squam Lake. Captain Dave from Squam Lake Cruises and some of the passengers cemented the idea to hike the mountain for a sunset view of the lake.
The added bonus was a trip around the lake to get from our vacation home on Grapevine Cove to the Bridle Path trailhead off Route 113.
I hope you enjoy the short video and story below that highlights our adventure watching the sun set across Big Squam Lake.
The Bridal Trail
The Bridal Trail offers plenty of parking at the trailhead and is easy to get to from Route 113.
The summit sits at 1,293 feet and the easy to moderate trail is around a two-mile round trip. It took us around 45 minutes to hike and we found the trail to be well marked and maintained.
We stopped for a bit at what we thought was the peak but actually wasn’t. It was our mistake but it offered some nice first views of Big Squam and the pending sunset.
“New Hampshire’s 52 With A View,” is a great resource for exploring New Hampshire’s mountain tops! (paid link)
Some temporary routing at the top was in place due to the trail improvements being made. The signage got us back on track and headed towards the rocky summit within 5-10 minutes.
While on the “Squam Lakes Cruise” earlier in the day, we learned from our guide that Boy Scouts had recently lugged timbers up to the summit for the improvement project. Carrying this pile of 4X4 posts up the mountain looked like a daunting task!
A Big Squam Sunset
The amazing pinkish granite at the peak added even more color to the unfolding sunset. As with most things, the reward comes after the work. The pink skies, mountain peaks, and Big Squam views made for a great way to top off the day.
There are other trail options to explore that include East Rattlesnake Mountain. West Rattlesnake offers a rocky granite peak and wide open views.
There is no shortage of things to do in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region and visiting Big Squam should be one of them! If you enjoyed this post, feel free to leave a comment below.
Check out more of New Hampshire’s beautiful Lakes Region with my post on Weirs Beach in Laconia.
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