Distance: 2.1 miles (one way); 5.1 miles with a loop of Mt. Percival
Time: 2.5-4 hours (round trip)
Difficulty: Family Hike
Recommended Gear: hiking boots or trail runners; trekking poles (optional); bug spray (optional at your own risk)
Families looking to graduate to a bigger challenge from Rattlesnake Mountain need only cross the street to hike Mt. Morgan; elevation 2,220 feet. The 2.1-mile Mt. Morgan Trail features 1,450 feet of elevation gain to attain the same magnificent views (albeit slightly farther away) of Squam Lakes. For many, this hike is conquered as a 5.1-mile loop hike with Mt. Percival.
It’s worth noting that the Mt. Morgan Trail is on the more challenging end of the family hikes scale. Most of the elevation gain is packed into the second half of the hike, where several stretches of steep and rugged climbing could prove difficult for children too big for the carrier but too small for prolonged rocky climbs. Active kids in the 6-10 age bracket should be able to complete the hike with only moderate complaining.
Because we’d promised the kiddos a trip to the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center and were time conscious, we didn’t continue to Mt. Percival, so for now, we’ll have to consider this post “To be continued….”