Today was the perfect day for the short and rewarding hike of Rattlesnake Mountain in Willsboro. The sky was dotted with clouds, the temperature was just right, and there was this great constant breeze. I had planned this hike with a friend for Tuesday, but with the current weather forecast, today was a better fit. We packed up a lunch and headed out at noon.
Rattlesnake Mountain is my favorite place to bring people who don’t hike, or have never hiked in the Adirondacks. It’s the perfect length, has a decent heart pumping climb, and the view from the top is breathtaking.
The trailhead was full of cars from other hikers out to enjoy this perfect day. The trail begins as a gentle old logging road through a young mixed hardwood forest. The only thing “challenging” about the beginning of the trail are the roots and rocks beneath your feet. It is not until about half way that the climb becomes increasingly steeper. the trail climbs sharply with a few scrambles over very large boulders.
This short climb ends atop the best views overlooking Lake Champlain. The water seems to be so close you can touch it. The unobstructed views across Lake Champlain of Willsboro point, Willsboro Bay, the Four Brothers islands,and the Green Mountains of Vermont were magnificent today. We sat on the open rock and unpacked our lunch. I could hear my hiking partner behind me stumbling over his words while trying to describe how beautiful this was. I’m pretty sure it was coming out something like “thi, uh, this, wow, *sigh*”. Reactions like that is why always choose rattlesnake Mountain when I’m introducing people to my passion. The perfect hike on another perfect Adirondack Coast day.