HIKES & EVENTS
Full Cold Moon Holiday Hike to West Rattlesnake Mtn.-1200'
Half Day Hike
DATE: Dec 23, 2023
END DATE: Dec 23, 2023
Hike/Event Location: Holderness NH
Thornton, NH United States,
Thornton, NH United States
Meeting Time: 4:00 PM
Max # People: 15
Hike Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money
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Come and join us to howl at the moon on this winter evening!
We’ll start with dinner at our house with a roaring fire in our fireplace, carpool to hike the mountain and return back to our house to soak our tired muscles in our hot tub & shoot some fireworks. [Contact us if you prefer to meet us at the trailhead so we can make arrangement to rendezvous.]
This will be an easy winter hike with light traction and headlamps to West Rattlesnake Mtn. summit (1200') overlooking Squam Lake. Round trip is 1.8 miles with 400 feet of elevation gain. Ledge below the summit provides gorgeous views south over Squam Lake with the Belknap Range and part of Lake Winnipesauke in the distance. The stroll up is renowned for its lopsided reward-to-effort ration.
What to wear/bring: Microspikes and headlamp will be necessary. Don't forget to wear warm layers [NO COTTON OR BLUE JEANS], gloves, warm hat, rain/wind shell, water, snacks, and anything else you would bring for a cold weather hike. We are taking hand warmers for our gloves. Winter insulated boots to keep your feet and toes warm recommended.
Dinner: We are starting the festivities with a holiday dinner at our house in Waterville Valley and relax beside our fireplace with views of the Sandwich Mountain/Mad River [BYOB and bring snacks]. We ask $10 per person to help pay for our food costs.
Lodging Option: Bunk beds are available at our house [with Wi Fi] near Waterville Valley, NH for Saturday night. The cost is $35 for Saturday that includes dinner noted above. Coffee/bagels each morning and linen/blankets/towels are provided. Space is limited to six so email ASAP to reserve a bunk!
4PM Social Hour
6:30 Drive to Hike, Hike and Return
9:00 Back at house and soaking in hot tub
Directions To Trailhead Parking Lot
If you’re coming from the south, turn off US 3 in Holderness onto NH 113, and drive 5.3 miles to the parking area on the right. From the north on NH 113, drive 6.3 miles from the overhead blinking light in Center Sandwich to the parking area on the left.
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