Mount Major Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,163' 354 m
Descent: -1,160' -354 m
High: 1,772' 540 m
Low: 659' 201 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 52% (27°)
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“Earn incredible views of Lake Winnipesaukee from the top of this popular hike.”— Tom Robson
On hot summer days, there may be an Italian ice vendor at the parking lot. Bring some cash just in case!
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!
Land Manager: NH State Parks - Parks and Rec. Dept.