Old Bridle Path
Old Bridle Path to West Rattlesnake Mountain, the most popular trail in the Squam watershed, receives significant foot traffic (an estimated 30,000 people hike the trail annually). Overuse has contributed to large-scale erosion, gullying, and corridor widening along the entirety of the trail.
A recent assessment of the trail identified major problem areas along the corridor. The work identified is as follows:
- 400 feet of buffer for vegetation on the summit
- 520 feet of retaining wall
- 49 combined step replacements and new steps of 6x6x8 dimension
- 1 stair structure replacement in need of 6x6x8 (q4); 6x6x16 (q2)
- 11 rock waterbars for a total of 163 feet of rock waterbars (new & replacing old structures)
Project Cost $150K
Background & History
Old Bridle Path up to the summit of West Rattlesnake is the most popular trail in the Squam watershed, located in Holderness, NH. The trail corridor and surrounding land is owned by the University of New Hampshire (UNH) for use as a resource for education and research. The trail is managed and maintained through a partnership between UNH and the Squam Lakes Association. Old Bridle Path is 0.9 mile, and due to the short distance, ease of hiking, and spectacular view, the trail receives significant foot traffic throughout the year with an estimated 30,000 people hiking the trail annually. Overuse of the trail has contributed to large-scale erosion, social trail development, gullying, and corridor widening along the entirety of the trail.