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Mt. Major Trail

 4.6 (21)

Extremely popular hike due to its phenomenal views of Lake Winnipesaukee, not too difficult

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Point to Point

1,773' 540 m


661' 201 m


1,121' 342 m


8' 3 m



Avg Grade (8°)


Max Grade (21°)

Dogs Unknown

Features River/Creek · Views

Family Friendly Not too difficult, and always crowded. It is very safe. A lot of families hike this


This hike is much more challenging than it seems but it is very popular and if taken at the right pace it's very rewarding. On the weekends during the summer and fall this trail can be especially busy with thousands of people ascending the mountain.

The trail begins from the northwest corner of the parking lot along a recently refurbished area of grave trail. Once you get past this section you continue at a moderate incline for approximately the first half mile from the trailhead. However this area is typically very rocky, and eroded due to the traffic the trail sees, watch your step. After this area you travel along a mostly flat wide area of the trail for the next 0.2 miles or so. When you reach the end of this flat section you are about half way along the trail in terms of distance (but the majority of the elevation gain is still ahead of you). Continue to the left following the blue blazes. To the right you can take the Brook Trail (yellow blazes) which is an alternative route up Mount Major.

You'll continue with a moderate incline along a trail with plenty of rocks and roots to get around. About 1.05 miles from the trailhead the trail gets steeper and then at 1.25 miles from the trailhead gets steeper yet. You'll climb up several steep and challenging rock faces. The final push to the summit is particularly steep. However as you reach these rock faces you'll be rewarded with partial views of Lake Winnipesaukee which only improve as you get closer to the Summit.

Enjoy the 360 degree views from the summit. You should have no problem seeing Lake Winnipesaukee, the rest of the Belknap Range, The Ossipee Range to the North and even Mount Washington behind the Ossipees on a very clear day.

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Marshall Bronfin

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  4.6 from 21 votes


  4.6 from 21 votes
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View from the summit.
Jul 11, 2019 near Gilford, NH
Hiking to the summit of Mount Major in New Hampshire
Aug 31, 2019 near Gilford, NH
View before the summit.  Wild fresh blueberries along the trail.
Aug 23, 2016 near Gilford, NH
Looking north from Mount Major out towards Lake Winnipesaukee
Jun 7, 2020 near Gilford, NH
View from Mount Major
Aug 13, 2015 near Gilford, NH
Panorama of Alton Bay, NH
Aug 13, 2015 near Gilford, NH



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Feb 5, 2021
NH Hiker95
Short but steep scramble up Mt Major with its great lake views. Don't expect to be alone.
Oct 11, 2020
Tyler Thieding
Oct 11, 2020
A Mags
Great morning hike. Arrived by 6:45 and lot was 70% full on Sunday of Indigenous Peoples weekend. Great view and clear skies — 0h 45m
Aug 17, 2020
Naisba Murphy
with faythe 1.5mi — 9h 00m
May 17, 2020
Ethiane Vieira
Great hike ! 3mi
Jan 16, 2020
Carol M
2h 00m
Aug 15, 2019
abi b
Jul 18, 2019
Brianna Sutton