Rattlesnake Island Preserve Hike

July 17th

9 – 1 pm



Rain Date: Thursday, July 18th


LRCT Members, join us for a guided hike to explore our Morris and Pardoe Preserve on Rattlesnake Island.

Rattlesnake Island is the fifth largest island on Lake Winnipesaukee (368 acres). LRCT acquired the 102-acre reserve in the middle of the island in 1982. The island forms part of a large arc that is the outer rim of the Belknap Mountain ring dike, the remnants of a Jurassic volcano. We will explore the geology and natural history of the island on our hike. Russ Wilder, LRCT Trustee and Rattlesnake Island Property Adopter, will lead participants on this moderate/strenuous 2-mile hike and will share his knowledge of the geologic origins of the island.



This outing will start at 9 AM with a boat ride from the Woodlands in Alton to our Rattlesnake Island access dock. We will hike the 1-mile (2 miles out and back) Ridge Trail and return to the Woodlands at approximately 1:00 pm. We ask that participants plan to arrive by 8:45 am to register and prepare for the hike.



This guided hike is for LRCT Members Only.



The trail is rough and steep in places. Participants should be fit and able to negotiate some rock scrambles. Bring sturdy hiking footwear, plenty of water and a lunch. We will have our lunch on top of the cliffs overlooking the lake. Dress appropriately for the weather. You may consider bringing insect repellent and sunscreen.



In the event of inclement weather, you will be notified of a cancellation via email.



Directions will be sent to the first 6 LRCT members who register for the trip.



Participation will be limited to 6 LRCT Members due to boat capacity limitations. Only LRCT members are allowed on the preserve. Public access to our property on Rattlesnake Island is restricted by a Deed Restriction (that was established with the conservation of the LRCT property) that limits access to  12 LRCT members including their guests.

Registration for this event is now full.