Mount Major Hike – The Best Views of Lake Winnipesaukee


Article Categories: Hiking

Mount Major is one of New Hampshire’s most hiked mountains. Just south of the White Mountains and Lake Winnipesaukee, it offers incredible views of the lake, Alton Bay, and the White Mountains to the north. On a clear day, Mount Washington is visible from the summit. (Scroll down for trails)

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Mileage: 4 Miles

Hike Time: 1-3 Hours

Height: 1,786 feet

Elevation Gain (cumulative): 1,150 feet

Mount Major Trail Map

Mount Major Hiking Trails

Mount Major Trail

Length: 1.5 miles to summit

This is the shortest and steepest route up Mount Major. It features great views near the top, a little bit of simple rock climbing (with trails to walk around), and is one of the most frequented trails.

Brook Trail

Length: 1.8 miles to summit

The brook trail breaks off of the Mount Major trail, and is slightly longer in distance, but less steep. This is a great option for the down route.

Boulder Loop Trail

Length: 1.6 miles to summit

The Boulder Loop Trail is another popular trail up Mount Major that is just another quick ascent option.

Beaver Pond Trail

Length: 2.6 miles via Straightback Mountain

This is the longest trail to the summit, but the least traveled. It takes you out of the way to Beaver Pond, and up Straightback mountain which has great views of Alton Bay and south of the Belknap Range. In the summer, you will come across tons of blueberries.

Start on the Boulder Loop trail, and take the first left onto Beaver Pond Trail. Continue on Beaver Pond Trail until you reach the Jesus Valley Road Trail. (See map below). You can choose to take the route straight up to Major (quickest route), or go over Straightback Mountain (recommended due to view and blueberries in the summer).

Beaver Pond Trail

Views of Beaver Pond from Beaver Pond Trail


The parking lot is large off of Mt. Major Hwy, however on busy days, you will need to park along the road as the lot fills up quickly. Expect weekends and holidays to have very busy trails.

Driving Directions

Weather Forecast

Alton, NH

This Afternoon
Partly sunny, with a high near 32. West wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.

Mostly clear, with a low around 12. Wind chill values as low as 0. Northwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Sunny, with a high near 30. Wind chill values as low as -1. West wind 10 to 15 mph.

Friday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 18. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.

Snow between 7am and 2pm, then rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. South wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Saturday Night
Rain likely before 7pm, then rain showers likely between 7pm and 11pm, then a chance of rain and snow showers between 11pm and 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of around one inch possible.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41.

Max DesMarais
Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais is the founder of Hiking & Fishing. He has a passion for the outdoors and sharing experiences with others. Max is a published author for various outdoor websites and digital marketing websites. You can read more about him here: hikingandfishing/about


Useful info for spending more time in beautiful places.

Check Out Our Beautiful Hiking Posters

White Mountain National Forest Poster

White Mountains Map On Amazon

Looking for a Hiking Guide?

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.