Mount Major Hike – The Best Views of Lake Winnipesaukee

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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 (6.4 km)
Hike Time: 1-3 Hours
Height: 1,786 feet (544.4 meters)
Elevation Gain (cumulative): 1,150 feet

Trail Map

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

 

 

Parking

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 67. Northwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight
Partly cloudy, with a low around 49. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday
A chance of rain showers after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Saturday Night
A chance of rain showers before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Sunday
A chance of rain showers between 11am and 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. West wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Sunday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 47. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Monday
A slight chance of rain showers between 8am and 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

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