Rattlesnake Mountain

Hiking

Well-known for offering great "value for effort." Less than an hour to the top, and there are spectacular views of the entire area, including Willsboro Bay and Willsboro Point, the Four Brothers Islands, Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge. Look back on Long Pond. The views extend all the way to the "big lake," Lake Champlain, and the Green Mountains across it in Vermont!

This is private land. HIKING ONLY: no camping, littering, fires, bikes or motorized vehicles.

Despite the name, this is the extreme northern end of the range for the Timber Rattlesnake, which is listed as Threatened, and are somewhat rare. They are active from active from mid-May to mid-October, and like to sun themselves on the abundant rocky ledges. So they tend to be visible if so!

3 miles RT, easy hike to moderate climb considered rocky but not steep, Elevation 1316'

Trailhead

Take Exit 33 from I-87 (the Northway) and continue on Route 22. Long Pond appears on the right, and the parking area is near a small cabin with the sign "Bear's Den."

The moderately difficult Rattlesnake Mountain trail is 1.5 miles one way. The trailhead is on Route 22, about 5 miles south of Exit 33 on I-87 and 3 miles north of Willsboro. There is a small sign at the pull-off on the east side of road across from Long Pond Cabins.

The trail is an old logging road that turns left onto a foot trail, which climbs steeply to the summit where there are spectacular views of Lake Champlain, Willsboro Point, and Vermont.

Snowshoeing

The first part of the trail is a road suitable for any snowshoer, but the climb is rocky and must be taken with care.

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