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Rattlesnake Mountain

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Easy hike, close to Portland
Near:Raymond, ME
Distance:2 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:600 ft
Hike Time:1.5 hours
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: An easy hike from the parking lot to the best view - about 1/2 mile. The view looks over Panther lake and towards Raymond. Could be slippery in the winter as the viewing ledge has a slope to it. I found this a disappointing hike as there is no view from the summit which is an additional 1/2 mile from the best view.

This is a good hike for small children as it is short and there is a good view within a 1/2 mile from the parking lot. As you can see from the map there is one spot where it is a little steep.

There is a nicely placed Geocache on this hike which you can read about at:

Trailhead: Guide books show this as the Sheep Pasture trail. The trail head says that this is the Bri-Mar Trail. You can find the trailhead on the left side of Route 85 if you are heading North out of Raymond. The parking lot is less than 2 miles from the Crescent Lake boat launch.

The trail is privately maintained. Please observe the posted rules ... a picture of them is posted here. (Lat:43.9613 Lon:-70.48988)

Trail Guides for Rattlesnake Mountain:
AMC Maine Mountain Guide
by Appalachian Mountain Club (Appalachian Mountain Club)

Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Unknown
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jon Willard, who has posted  54 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 3   Submit your own review
Reviewed by Jessica on 5/2/2014
I wouldn't call this easy. It's not difficult but it is very very steep! A dozen or so downed trees across the path. Nice views near the top!

Reviewed by Sue on 7/7/2011
My husband hiked this trail when he was at camp 35 yrs ago. We went with 12, 10 and 7-yr old daughters and enjoyed it a lot. Steep in many areas but with a little help to avoid skidding on the way down our youngest did just fine. Beautiful day and the view was worth the effort. 2 overlooks - 1st was nice, 2nd was amazing. We stopped at the 2nd rather than go the rest of the way based on prior reviews. We worried about missing the trail head but it was easy to spot - decent parking lot. Pretty meadow leading in too. Arrows painted on rocks were helpful. Recommend it for most abilities. 55 min up with lots of breaks and 28 down. We finished with ice cream at the Mosquito Buzz which was awesome.

Reviewed by JC on 5/30/2011
Very easy hike, was greeted on the path by several families, dogs and some couples. Bit buggy within the treeline, but once outside of it the breeze and the view were fantastic. The view of Sebago and the surrounding lakes were worth the trip alone, but the peaceful sound of the breeze blowing thru the trees, the lack of commercial noise and the company up were the highlights. Saw some amazing wildlife, including the rare Pink Lady Slippers (do not pick thank you), some chipmonks, hawks and even a saw a Cardinal flying around by the main opening halfway up. Great way to spend your Memorial Day morning or afternoon.

Reviewed by DL on 11/9/2010
Well, for 15 years I have lived 5 miles from this mountain and did not realize there was a trail open to the public. My dogs and I hiked the trail yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is somewhat poorly marked. I relied on the directions I found from the reviewers and on one other site. Where it is so close to my home, I will definitely be on it again. I found at least two areas where the views are quite nice.

Reviewed by AJC on 5/3/2010
I enjoy this hike a lot. It's relatively short and provides some really pretty views that are close to home. The first time it is hard to find the right trail, but once you find it, it is easy to recognize. Follow the logging road/trail into a clearing and go to the end of the clearing and a take a right up the hill. Just before the real trail starts there is a logging trail that goes off to the right and can be confusing if you don't continue on. There is a short, but somewhat steep portion which can be strenous for non-hikers, but it's definitely do-able by almost anyone who wants to try an easy hike.

Reviewed by rlh on 3/28/2010
This trail is on private land. The parking lot has been defined by ropes to try to limit the amount of hikers on the trail at any one time. Please respect this limitation and don't park on the side of the road. The trail is closed at the present time and will reopen may 15 this is to lessen the damage of hikers on the muddy trail.

Reviewed by kpmmbm on 12/4/2008
Oct 2008 Fun short hike when time is limited. This time I found bench and view of Mt Washington. Nice views and lots of color.

Reviewed by Bruce Peavey on 10/20/2007
I enjoyed the hike and there is a wonderful view from the summit of Sebago Lake, Panther Pond and Crescent Lake. I would do it again. Bruce

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