Mount Major Loop

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4.0 Miles 6.4 Kilometers


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1,163' 354 m

Ascent

-1,160' -354 m

Descent

1,772' 540 m

High

659' 201 m

Low

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

52%

Max Grade (27°)

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Earn incredible views of Lake Winnipesaukee from the top of this popular hike.

Tom Robson

Overview

This is probably one of the most popular hikes in the Lakes Region, and for good reason. The route is reasonably short and takes hikers from within dense forest to panoramic views of the area in only a couple hours.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

Parking here can be insane, especially in summer. If there's no parking available in the lot, simply park along the west side of the road.

On hot summer days, there may be an Italian ice vendor at the parking lot. Bring some cash just in case!

Description

From the parking lot, head due south and start your journey up the Boulder Loop Trail. I would consider this to be one of the better trails in the area; it didn't seem as crowded as the rest, and it has some great rock features most able-bodied folks will enjoy hiking over.

From this rocky area, continue up the steep trail. Eventually, you'll crest the hard part of this trail and the grade will slacken. From this spot, you have only a few hundred feet to the summit of Mount Major.

From the summit, the views are incredible; especially on a clear summer day. To the north, you'll be able to see notable peaks like: Carter Dome, Carrigan, and Whiteface. To the south you may be able to see Monadnock and Kearsarge.

Once you've had your fill of White Mountain and lake views, head west on the Major - Straightback Link. Shortly after descending slightly, turn right onto Brook Trail. Brook Trail is fine. It's a decent way to get up/down the mountain, but it is in dire need of repairs. The lower portion of this trail is incredibly washed out and can be very loose. Watch your footing.

Brook Trail eventually pops you out onto the eponymous Mt. Major Trail. Take this to the parking lot and your car!

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Mar 13, 2017
Richard Stuart
Aug 15, 2016
Dave Lappin
Hike with Margy and Alex
Aug 6, 2016
Jonathan Bunnell
Jul 26, 2016
Dawn Rabinowitz
Enjoyed an amazing summit view. Very dog friendly! — 3h 00m
Jul 24, 2016
Amanda O'Donnell

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