Rattlesnake Mountain Trail

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'

Rattlesnake Mountain 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."

Photo courtesy Kate Messner. Read her blog post about this hike!

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