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Mount Major, Alton Bay

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Cliffs, Scenic view of Lake Winnipesaukee
Near:Alton Bay, NH
Distance:3.8 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:1124 ft
Hike Time:2.5 hours
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail

Summary: We took the left most trail to the summit. It provides a short and direct route but has some challenging cliffs to ascend or navigate around. This mountain sees plenty of traffic so the trail is easy to find and there are many side routes around obstacles.

The trail splits in several places and confuses some people but generally the main trail is obvious and the splits converge. Just follow the blue blazes and arrows.

Take time to notice the lovely boulders alongside the trail.

This is a challenging but good hike for children and novices.

Trailhead: Parking lot is on the left hand side or Route 11 just 4.2 miles north of the town of Alton Bay. There is a sign on route 11.

Trailhead is on the back right side of the parking lot if you are facing the mountain. There is a small trail on the left back side of the parking lot but this is not the trail for Mt Major. (Lat:43.50396 Lon:-71.29729)

Trail Guides for Mount Major, Alton Bay:
100 Classic Hikes of the Northeast
by Jared Gange (Huntinton Graphics)

Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Unknown
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jon Willard, who has posted  54 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 9   Submit your own review
Reviewed by m&p on 7/20/2014
Short and sometimes steep but well worth the effort!

Reviewed by Dave W. on 7/14/2014
Three trails - blue, yellow and orange. Blue & yellow trails start as the blue trail, splitting a ways up the trail. Blue and yellow trails start at right corner of parking lot. Orange trail begins at left corner of parking lot along a snowmobile trail but breaks off to the right into the woods within 50 feet. The snowmobile trail itself leads away from Mt. Major if you continue to follow it. Blue trail is probably the quickest way up but is pretty steep towards the top with rock faces to scramble across. Would be difficult for those with disabilities or the elderly. Orange trail seems longer but has a boulder scrabble field approaching the top which may also be a challenge for disabled or elderly. Yellow trail is easy but longer.

Reviewed by EAP on 7/6/2014
Amazing hike, anytime of year. The trails are well marked and the view is breath taking for such a short hike in comparison with the bigger mountains. The only thing I will say is that I have found the trails to be poorly descriptive of challenge level. I first hiked it last year and took the Blue trail. I am a very novice hiker and this was a very steep, rocky terrain with some rock faces toward the top. Still very do-able for a beginner, but I like to know that I am going the more challenging route before I go! Yesterday we hiked the Yellow trail with our dog and it was WAY easier. Great for someone who is looking for a less challenging hike to a great view. It took us about 3 hours round trip but we had a picnic lunch at the top. Enjoy!

Reviewed by Viewer on 5/6/2013
Mt. Major is a beautiful and scenic hike. We have done the 4,000 footers & we always come back to this mountain because of the views plus we can take our dog which loves to run the trails.

Reviewed by Raf on 4/20/2013
A great family hike no matter what time of year! The view from the top will not disappoint! Bring a lunch to enjoy at the top (and your camera to capture the 360 views of the Southern Lakes Region. You will enjoy SWEET blue berries if you're hiking in the late summer/early fall. I like to hike up the BLUE trail - a bit more challenging as it includes a scramble up a few rock faces. Hiking down the ORANGE trail allows you to see evidence of fires that have burned over the past 10 years. Enjoy!

Reviewed by CLP on 9/10/2012
The top of the mountain is what sets this hike apart from others.

Reviewed by Bruce & Maddy on 7/23/2012
We hiked Mt Major yesterday as the last event of a weekend Cub Scout camping trip. We had 11 adults and 14 children ranging from 6 to 14. This is a excellent mountain to hike with breath taking views on the summit. The trails are well marked, we took the blue one up and the yellow down. The blue was more challenging with some steep rocky sections that the kids loved and the yellow was longer but not as steep. Whole exercise took about 3 hours with a solid 30 minutes on the summit where we ate lunch. Only recommendation is bring plenty of water, we under estimated our supply and ended up running real low but we pleasantly surprise when a young man, I believe with the armed forces, overheard us and gave us an extra gallon to share.

Reviewed by Justin H on 7/16/2012
Me and some friends hiked this a few days ago for one of our first mountain hikes and we loved it! Beautiful views from the top and would hike again in a heartbeat!

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