Ascent of Rattlesnake Mountain on 2018-12-30

Climber: Chip Carpenter

Others in Party:monti alto hiking group - 10 attended
Date:Sunday, December 30, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rattlesnake Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1594 ft / 485 m

Ascent Trip Report

absolutely beautiful day - morning temps 18° - overcast start with clear blue skies by summit - no wind
clear ice - ice crust on snow with depths at most 4 inches
spikes an absolute must for assured footing

trail follows yellow markers and begins with an easy gradual climb up through a nice pine forest. after about a quarter mile, the trail begins to steepen and does not quit following a narrow ridge line relentlessly for about a solid half mile. the difficulty is eased by the beautiful mountain stream flowing parallel to the trail.

the trail then begins to vary with momentary flats - however easier... this is still a solid climb of intermediary ability. once you reach the top of the mountain, the trail flattens out and works its way out to a loop which mainly consists of rock slabs which falls away into the valley - the trail will then cross these granite slabs before drooping away into the forest.

the view is interesting - if you like windmill energy machines and lower valley farms... the baker rivers winding course is clearly visible. you can see cardigan to the south, but to the north or west very little except for lovely ridge line after ridge line

in the winter, unless you know the trail off the top... this loop trail is not easily found as the winter snow-cover flattens out the clear path... also, it is slightly exposed and if miss-stepped on the ice-crusted granite one could take a long slide down a steep slope... might be easier in winter to return by the way you came...?

beautiful day to be out
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:920 ft / 280 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Trailhead:674 ft / 205 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes

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