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Let's Hike Mt Major

Mount Major near West Alton is a rocky summit with extensive views of Lake Winnipesaukee and the Belknap Range, and even the White Mountains in clear weather.



The summit of Mount Major has an elevation of 1786 feet. A very nice loop is made by the ascent of the Mt Major Trail and the descent of the Belknap & Brook Trails. Round trip is 3.9 miles, 1150' of elevation gain in a book time of 2.5 hours.


Mount Major Trail Descriptions


There is an extensive trail network in the Belknap Range; The two most popular routes up Mount Major:

* Main Trail (BLUE BLAZES): Take the obvious woods road which leaves the R side of the parking lot as you face the mountain. There are BLUE BLAZES but you won't need them to follow the road. Almost within sight of the parking lot, the road forks; either fork is OK but make sure everyone in your party goes the same way if you don't want to waste much of the day looking for them. After the two rejoin, the blue blazes and the Main Trail turn left at another junction about .8 miles from the parking lot. The road becomes a footpath, often with several branches which usually rejoin. There are a number of rock slabs to ascend, and because this trail is on the N side and gets a lot of foot traffic, it may be the iciest route up in cold weather. The trail climbs over a small knoll then steeply up the rocks to the summit. Distance from parking lot: 1.8 miles.
On the return, look for blue blazes dropping off to the NE

* Brook Trail (YELLOW BLAZES): Follow the Main Trail for .8 miles, then go straight following YELLOW BLAZES where the Main Trail turns L. After a dip, the trail follows an old road up along the brook - in wet weather some of the trail seems like a brook, and crossings may be difficult at times of high water. At the col between Straightback and Mt. Major, turn L on the blue-blazed trail to reach the summit. A route up from the S joins from the R shortly beyond. Distance from parking lot: 2.4 miles.
On the return, take the trail heading W toward Mt. Belknap, then go R at the col. Do not take the trail to Straightback Mtn., which does not lead "straight back" to the parking lot.


Directions: Parking lot is on the left hand side or Route 11 just 4.2 miles north of the town of Alton Bay. There is a sign on route 11. Trailhead is on the back right side of the parking lot if you are facing the mountain. There is a small trail on the left back side of the parking lot but this is not the trail for Mt Major. [masked]°N,[masked]°W (WGS84)

How to Meetup:

RSVP for this event. 3 "yes" RSVP's would qualify the event to be a Meetup. (less is an option of the hikers)
# **All RSVP's must be posted by 9PM the night before the event. Maybe RSVP's will be considered no shows after this time. Any cancellations will also be posted by 9 PM the night before the hike and the other hikers should be notified.
# Communicate, share cell phone numbers, and be reliable.
# Carpooling is encouraged- Please add requests and ride offers to your RSVP comments.
# As always, you are responsible for being prepared for the event.

If time allows after the hike we can go to

Patricks Pub and Brewery

18 Weirs Rd

Gilford, NH[masked] (603)[masked]

its just off Rt 11


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  • Leon

    Thanks for directions.

    March 4, 2013

  • Leon

    Thanks, Diane for leading! Great hike, beautiful views... Would like to do it again.

    March 4, 2013

  • Mai C

    I got lost on the drive there but it was nice meeting you on the way down...beautiful views of the summit...

    March 3, 2013

  • Diane M.

    Nice light hike. trail was well packed, we all wore microspikes. temp about 25-30 degrees.

    March 3, 2013

  • Karen 48 W.

    woke up with fever...again. Winter hiking and I have not mixed :(

    March 3, 2013

  • Leon

    there's another location: Route 11A, Alton, Belknap, NH
    Cherry Valley road, 11A

    March 1, 2013

    • Marie (.

      Rte 11A is Cherry Valley Rd, but not where you want to be. Mt Major is on Rte 11 & is also called Mount Major Hwy, Alton, NH. Do not take Rte 11D. Mt Major is about 2 miles beyond Rte 11A.

      March 2, 2013

    • Karen 48 W.

      You mean we are not hiking in Kazakhstan?

      March 2, 2013

  • Diane M.

    carpool from New London at 8:30 contact me if you want to carpool.

    March 1, 2013

  • Leon

    Google Map showing this location, is this right?
    Route 11D, Alton, Belknap, NH

    March 1, 2013

  • Mai C

    Are snowshoes required for this hike?

    February 28, 2013

  • Diane M.

    Google map needs fine tuning. Large parking lot S side of NH Route 11 about 2.2 miles E of Route 11-A, elevation about 650 feet[masked]?N,[masked]?W (WGS84)

    February 25, 2013

  • Michael W.

    Hopefully my wife will come.

    February 25, 2013

    • Diane M.

      Love to meet her Michael- she gets to sleep in a little and socialize after at the pub- I call that a nice Sunday date.

      February 25, 2013

  • Kristin

    Dogs allowed ?

    February 25, 2013

    • Diane M.

      yes, Kristen- as long as the dog is conditioned for a possible wet winter hike-always have a leash available in case other dogs are on the trail-

      February 25, 2013

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