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)
Mileage: 4 Miles
Hike Time: 1-3 Hours
Height: 1,786 feet
Elevation Gain (cumulative): 1,150 feet
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.
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).
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.
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