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

Clear, with a low around 8. North wind around 0 mph.

Sunny, with a high near 30. Northeast wind 0 to 5 mph.

Sunday Night
A slight chance of freezing rain after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Freezing rain before 1pm, then rain. Cloudy, with a high near 35. Northeast wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no ice accumulation expected.

Monday Night
Rain likely before 1am, then a chance of snow and a chance of sleet. Cloudy, with a low around 31. Northwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.

A chance of rain before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.

Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.