The lower section follows a snowmobile trail that leaves the left side of the parking area (sign: Boulder Loop Trail), crosses two plank bridges, and in 30 yd. No parking allowed outside of trailheads along county and private roads. started on red trail from Jesus valley Rd. Total hiking time about 2 hr. The Mt. This trail leaves the right side of the Mt. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Major Trail diverges sharply left on a path as the Brook Trail continues ahead. North Straightback Link & Dave Roberts’ Quarry Trail, Red Trail to Mt. This summit has some of the best views in the lakes region. Boulder Loop Trail – Description Mount Major is one of my favorite hikes! 3 talking about this. Major Trail, well-blazed in blue, begins at a parking area on NH11, 4.2 mi. Points of Interest. I took blue (main) up, and especially at the end, it was very slippery – saw a person roll their ankle pretty badly trying to come down. In a short distance there is an old stone cellar hole on the right. At both crossings in higher water some very creative rock hopping is required to keep your feet dry. Turn off the Dookie Nalinga Road onto Mount Major TV Road and continue until you reach the entrance gate on the right hand side with the University of Melbourne sign behind it. The primary hiking access and parking for Mount Major is located on NH Route 11 in Alton which serves as the trailhead for the Brook Trail Loop and the Southern Loop Trail (Orange to Blue). The Mount Major Trail at Mount Major State Park in Alton, New Hampshire is a difficult and popular 4-mile loop hike to the summit of Mount Major and views of Lake Winnipesaukee. The blue trail going up was pretty busy but the orange trail down was less traveled. The blue trail is the most direct to the top. Appalachian Mountain Club Books. Major Area Mt. Major you will encounter the remains of Mr. Phippen's Hut. Maps & Trails. Mt. At 1.3 mi. (6.3 km. We went yesterday 7/3 very early before it was packed with holiday weekend visitors. reaches the Mt. of NH11 with NH l1A. to Mt.Major summit (1,786 ft . https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/new-hampshire/mount-major-and-brook-trail-loop it was a bit steep in some areas, but we didn't have too much trouble. Trials were well marked and maintained. Reach Mt Major summit at mile 1.7. Epic views at the summit! Didn’t see many people till we were close to summit. More than 200 miles of trails lie within the One Tam management area and many of these trails cross federal, state and local agency boundaries. The summit, with the ruins of a stone hut (” Mr. Phippin’s Hut” ) is reached at 1.5 mi. Major Trail – Description Straightback – 0.7 mi., return to parking lot 2.0 miles”. Easiest way up and down this mountain. however, the descent was a bit of an ordeal as we lost our way on a confusingly marked side path. Hike this last weekend. Took orange (Boulder) on the way down, and wouldn't recommend that either; lots of big, steep rocks as you descend. We took the blue trail up which is the steepest (~1.5-2hrs) and yellow trail down (~30-45mins) which took about 3hrs. At about 1.5 mi. Mount Major is a mountain located in Alton, New Hampshire, south of Lake Winnipesaukee and northeast of Straightback Mountain in the Belknap Range.. ... follow the path on the map. Very quick hike. Mt. Major in Alton, New Hampshire has been a hiking destination in central New Hamphire for generations. via Mount Major Trail, and Brook Trail: 2.4 mi. would definitely hike again, just pay more attention to the signs on the way down! To descend by this trail, walk south across the ledges from the hut and look for orange blazes on the rock. This recording heads up along the Boulder Trail (orange blazes), down the Brook Trail (yellow blazes), and finally down the Main Trail (blue blazes) before reaching the parking lot. The Main Trail then turns south and in 0.8 mi. Keywords: Mt Major, Mt Major TV Road, Cross Country, All Mountain, Downhill, MTB, Mountain Bike, Trail, Guide, Map, Track, Ride *Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided, trail ratings may vary from site to site, trail conditions may vary day to day, and trails may be closed or new trails opened without notice. Brook Trail – Description Download its GPS track and follow the route on a map. Have been doing this trail every few years since a teen in the late 70s and consider it a great day hike and have perhaps claimbed it 25 times. It should be noted that all routes are significantly eroded from foot traffic that has exposed the underlying granite rubble on the main trails this condition has made this trail very tricky if you have little experience or are without proper foot wear. 925 ft). Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps. Anna, Mt. to Mt.Major summit (1,786 ft .) The blue trail goes right up the front so it’s steeper but you can take the orange trail down & around the back for a much more calm descent. Descend from the summit in a northerly direction on Mount Major Trail (marked "Main Trail" on the map) for 1.7 miles to reach the Mount Major parking lot. Depending on your fitness level and the route you choose getting to the top will take 45 minutes to an hour and a half. reach the first of two brook crossings. Major summit, a total distance of approximately 1.6 mi. Good moderate hike, rocks coming down can be slick. Trail and Winter Shortcut Trail, Public Lands and Conservation Easements in the Belknaps. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until November. Skip the crowds at Muir Woods, and explore the Redwood Creek watershed from Mount Tamalpais State Park. For a time, the Mount Major trail is wide and flat. Bing Maps has a collection of great trails with directions to trail heads as well as photos. to Mt.Major summit (1,786 ft.): 1.7 mi. Read more about Mr. Phippen's Hut. These dangerous ledges and the easy accessibility of the mountain have combined to produce a number of serious injuries, particularly in late fall and winter when ice is present. (3.9 km) , 1,150 ft., 1 hr. Major parking lot and follows an old logging road, ascending a steep, eroded section where several paths diverge and rejoin. Trail Name: Mt. via Mount Major Trail: 1.5 mi. It was also very buggy so don’t forget your bug spray! From this junction continue west by northwesterly on the flat Brook Trail. Explore 4.0 miles over 1 trail in Mount Major State Park, Alton, New Hampshire. You can find the Brook Trail Loop here: south of the NH11 and NH11A junction. Descend for 1.2 miles at which point Brook Trail ends upon meeting Mount Major Trail which goes both straight and right. At 0.9 mi. A hike to the top of Mount Major is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon. It takes about an hour to get up and 50 minutes to get down but the views are well worth it! By mid morning the parking lot is full and overflows up and down the highway. Main/Mount Major Trail to the Brook Trail to the Boulder Loop Trail. Mount Major is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Alton Bay, New Hampshire that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Continued down orange trail from summit, which was rocky and steep. Trails & Hikes . The Boulder Loop Trail (blazed orange) provides an attractive route up the south side of the Mt.Major from the trailhead parking area on NH 11. The large parking area is 4.2 mi. I thought the markers were much easier to follow on the way up than on the way down. Still a good Day hike within 2 hours of Boston. This is also the eastern terminus of the Belknap Range Trail. From this rocky area, continue up the steep trail. The scenic, rocky summit is a popular hiking destination, accessible by multiple trails including the Mount Major Trail, the Brook Trail, and the Boulder Loop. north of Alton Bay and 2.4 mi. Mount Major Hiking trail in Mount Major, New Hampshire (United States). 2010. Appalachian Mountain Club Books. Hiking time and distance from Blue Trail junction (925 ft.): Trail Name: Boulder Loop Trail Rested up top for 30 min to enjoy the view. At 0.7 mi., where the road becomes wet and curves to the left, the trail continues ahead into the woods on a footpath. (2.6 km. ), 850 ft., 1 hr.25 min. the Mt. The panoramic views at the top are stellar!! Though the mountain is not even 2000 feet, the summit has no trees on top making for 360 degree panorama. At the summit lies classic shots of Lake Winnepausaukee that cannot not be beat. Mount Monadnock, or Grand Monadnock, is a 3,165 ft (965 m) mountain in the towns of Jaffrey and Dublin, New Hampshire. Compiled and Edited by Gene Daniell and Steven D. Smith. HOWEVER.... really amazing view of Lake winnipesaukee at the top. It has a bit of rock … The trail was quite steep at this point and you have to be careful as you navigate up these large, rocky areas. There are three trails (blue, orange and yellow) that are all conveniently accessed from the same parking lot. (Sign on tree: “Left Mt Major 0.4 mi., Right Mt. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Steady easy climb up to the top. Yellow seems best to come down as it's flatter. north of Alton Bay and 2.4 mi. 91143 Views. Mt. Crampons a must in the snow. Gradually increasing grade with a steep, rock scramble at the end. (Scroll down for trails) Difficulty: Easy/Moderate Mileage: 4 Miles Hike Time: 1-3 Hours from the Main Trail junction and 2.1 mi. northwest to the junction of the Brook Trail (blazed yellow). Parking in a dead end street. The Brook trail continues south by southeast to intersect with the Blue Trail (Belknap Range Trail) at 1.2 mi. Hiked with my family and four dogs (two very small and two large). Discover trails like Mount Major and Brook Trail Loop New Hampshire, find information like trail length, elevation, difficulty, activities, and nearby businesses. Major Snowmobile Club. Compiled and Edited by Gene Daniell and Steven D. Smith. If you prefer to not see many people while hiking, this is not a hike for you unless you go early! Major Trail, well-blazed in blue, begins at a parking area on NH11, 4.2 mi. to starting point via complete loop: 3.9 mi. Alton, NH Major Parking lot (650 ft.): There are three trails to the Mt. Enjoy spectacular views of Lake Winnipesaukee to the east and north. In a short distance there is an open view to the north and then a jog to the right and back into the trees for the next 0.1 mi. Also quite crowded. Get directions, maps, and traffic for Mount Major, NH. It was a good choice! Enjoy & research Alton, New Hampshire with trail guides, topo maps, photos, reviews & GPS routes on Trails… Drive to Mount Major. Major Trail climbs steeply through second growth and over ledges, with some steep scrambles near the top. 1. Dogs are also able to use this trail. The trail was well marked, due to it being the 4th. Check flight prices and hotel availability for your visit. The Mt. 3rd Edition. Decent is rocky and slip and falls need to be avoided. From the summit, the views are incredible; especially on a clear summer day. Major Hike Info: Mt. It ascends steadily through an area strewn with boulders, swings right (west) at 1.0 mi., squeezes between and under boulders at 1.2 mi., then climbs a steep, gravelly pitch. Major all my life. Alton, NH at 0.4 mi., where the Jesus Valley-Beaver Pond Trail diverges left. Trail Description: Southern New Hampshire Trail Guide. 45 min. bears left at a fork, and ascends south along the woods road. there is an intersection on right with a multiple use trail. Trail Name: Brook Trail map key parking ski patrol xc / nordic trails snowshoe trails night skiing/riding beginner intermediate advanced expert terrain park o gunstock ski club friends of gunstock: lakes region disabled sports quarry lot c tindeâbox main line: 603.293.4341 ski patrol 603.737.4300 code z7bstbñ beginner lanes lot b il - _ cobble mtn. views open up. Mount Major is one of New Hampshire’s most hiked mountains. Trail Description: Alan Sherwood The Brook Trail (Class 1) is very gradual trail and is 2.3 miles one way with 1100 foot elevation gain. We hiked yellow up and red-orange down. 25 min . The pup loved the whole climb. Great hike ! there are two alternate routes, both signed and blazed in blue: the “Main Trail via ledges” route forks to the right and climbs up steep ledges (potentially dangerous when wet or icy), while the “Main Trail-ledge detour” diverges left, avoiding the steepest scrambles, The two routes rejoin at 1.4 mi. Orange trail connects back to red trail, which is easy and flat from there. TRAIL ACCESS FROM JESUS VALLEY IS PERMANENTLY BEEN CLOSED IF YOU WANT TO ACCESS THIS TRAIL YOU NEED TO ACCESS IT FROM THE MT MAJOR PARKING LOT. The Boulder Loop Trail was harder than I expected, but it was such an enjoyable hike! Click here to download trail descriptions. Major summit from the west (total of 1.6 mi. Major Trail (blazed blue) leads from the right side of the parking lot and ascends approximately 0.7 mi. ; various other unofficial routes in this area have been closed off as revegetation areas. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ This trail (marked red) up to summit is definitely less traveled than the other trails from main parking up north. This mountain has 3 trails (YELLOW 1hr 45 mins, BLUE 1hr 20 mins, ORANGE 1 hr 25 mins) 1,785 feet of elevation and MODERN difficulty. The Brook trail turns left, easterly (blazed yellow and blue here). Hiking Mount Major in Alton Bay NH is family hiking in Lakes Region of NH with moderate hiking trails and breathtaking views of Lake Winnipesaukee NH Record your own itinerary from the Wikiloc app, upload the trail and share it with the community. Overall a good challenging hike with a wide variety of steep and flat parts. from the summit turn right onto the yellow-blazed Brook Trail (sign). At the top of Mt. Straightback Mountain and Mount Anna via Main Trail (Blue) and Old Stage Road, Mount Major Southern Loop Trail (Orange to Blue), Mount Rand and West Quarry Mountain Peaks, Brook Trail to Mount Major to Beaver Brook Loop, Straightback Mountain and Mount Anna via Main Trail (Blue) and Anna-Goat (Red), Mount Mack, Mount Klem and Mount Rand Loop, Sno-Mo, Straightback Mountain, Precipice, Old State Road, Snowmobile Trail (red) to Boulder Loop Trail (orange), https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/new-hampshire/mount-major-and-brook-trail-loop, https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/new-hampshire/mount-major-southern-loop-trail. 75 miles 1 1/2 hours Park at roadside parking area: N 43 31.150 W 71 16.414 LARGE MAP. Steep incline at first, but levels out nicely. Distance from Mt. Went mid April on a weekend.. it was pretty busy! Amazing views of the lakes and other mtns. Hike on the West Ridge Trail for 1.5 miles until you reach the summit of Mount Cardigan. View of lake Winnipesaukee from Mt Major is beautiful. Took our puppy for her 1st hike yesterday and she absolutely loved it. Kept following red trail back to Jesus valley Rd. From the parking lot, the West Ridge Trail starts just behind the shelter. Below: The trail junction of Mount Major and the Brook Trail; The trail gets rockier; The trail … Mount Major - Brook Trail (Yellow) is a hiking, trail running, walking adventure located in or near Alton, NH. Turn right onto Brook Trail and follow it for 0.2 mile which will bring you to the summit of Mount Major where you can enjoy the stunning views over Lake Winnipesaukee. Mulana nin iyoga (Yorta Yorta for 'Spirit of the Stone') is a 2.3km walking trail (4.6km return) on the northern side of Mount Major. Mack and Round Pond, Round Pond Trail & East Gilford Fire Road, Gunstock Mtn. The Brook Trail continues northwest from the junction with the Main Trail and then turns south and then southeast and east to approach Mt. It climbs moderately up a woods road also used as a snowmobile trail to a T-jct. The Jesus Valley Trail – Beaver Pond Loop Trail drops down southeasterly to meet snowmobile Trail D at the Old Stage Road; a few hundred feet west of Jesus Valley Road. At a low point at 0.2 mi. Great loop, not super trafficky until you get to the top and hit the orange trail. Mt. Major Trail and Belknap Range Trail) turns left (elev. Mount Major Weather (Days 0-3): The weather forecast for Mount Major is: Mostly dryTemperatures will be below freezing (max -1°C on Sun afternoon, min -7°C on Mon night)Winds decreasing (near gales from the W on Sun afternoon, light winds from the WNW by Tue morning). Alton, NH Boston MA. Mount Major is a 7.4 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Alton Bay, New Hampshire that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Many people think this is an easy trail and as a general rule I would consider it moderate, it was an easy trail when the old logging road still had it's top soil but that has disapated due to run off. At 1.5 mi. Great views, quick hike between 2 and 4 hours depending on your conditioning and the summit conditions. On the way down, there was a cute swampy pond. Mount Major and Brook Trail Loop is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Alton Bay, New Hampshire that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Mt. Wondering if anyone else found it was 5 miles? up to summit, easy to get to the top from that trail. Boston MA. Major Trail – 1.5 miles (to scenic vista at the top, marked with blue blazes) Boulder Loop Trail – 1.6 miles (from summit to trail head, marked with orange blazes) Elevation Gain – Approximately 1,100 feet On a clear day, Mount Washington is visible from the summit. Was actually only 5 miles. Mount Major. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ It can be very crowded but the trails are safe and family friendly. The views at the top are stunning. Tough hike this time of year with the leaves on the ground. Major summit (total distance 1.5 mi.). Length 3.7 miElevation gain 1148 ftRoute type Loop There are three trails to the top. Totally worth it. Then views open sporadically to the north, west and south; gradually being more open. Trail Description: Southern New Hampshire Trail Guide. ENJOY :) The trail leaves the right side of the parking area and follows a lumber road west, ascending a steep, severely eroded section where several alternate roads diverge and rejoin; the road farthest to the right (ascending) offers slightly better footing than the others. Gorgeous but the leaves made it slippery!! Please stay on designated trails. This trail starts by branching off of the Franconia Notch State Park Recreational Trail.It soon crosses under Route 3 and a footbridge, then begins ascending in earnest to its junction with the Indian Head Trail.Along this portion of the trail, be sure to take your time as you slog up the trail's … After 0.7 mile on Mount Major Trail, you will reach the parking lot that you started from. Amazing summit! 3rd Edition. (2.4 km), 1,150 ft ., 1 hr. this was my brother and i's first mountain hike. This is the Jesus Valley – Beaver Pond Trail partially maintained by the Mt. At the top of this steep section, at 0.3 mi., the road becomes nearly level and smooth. You can find the Southern Loop Trail (Orange to Blue) here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/new-hampshire/mount-major-southern-loop-trail. to Mt.Major summit (1,786 ft .) Not sure where the other 3 miles went. The Boulder Loop Trail leads from the left side of the parking lot and ascends southwest and the northwest to the Mt. Major is always a beautiful hike with many different trail options. ), 1,150 ft., 1 hr. This is also the eastern terminus of the Belknap Range Trail. Eventually, you'll crest the hard part of this trail and the grade will slacken. ), 1,150 ft., 2 hr. Good moderate hike. The return walk is back down the same trail. Navigating down the orange trail from the summit was quite challenging and rocky. Here the Boulder Loop Trail turns right, then in 40 yd. From this spot, you have only a few hundred feet to the summit of Mount Major. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ and ascends alongside it, with loose footing on some severely eroded sections (some of which have been bypassed). The Main/Mount Major trail is 1.5 mi one way and is the shortest route to the summit. From here on the grade alternates between easy and moderate. Distance I would estimate to be around 5-6 miles. south of the jct. Directions to the trailhead, free maps, and more. the view at the top is gorgeous and not too crowded. 20 min. Maybe the mileage is to do the loop twice? the combined yellow/blue-blazed trail turns northeasterly and in the last 0.1 mi. Great conditions on the trail and we loved that it was a dog friendly trail. north of Alton Bay and 2.4 mi. For descent via the alternate route (Brook Trail), walk southwest down the ledges towards StraightbackMtn., following the blue and yellow blazes. 'llòðÅ dryfire of NH11 with NH l1A. This is listed as an 8 mile hike but only registers as a 5 mile loop. 30 min. Click here to download trail descriptions. Only did the first incline and back down... would love to do the whole large loop! The Mt. Stunning views from the top. Mt.Major is located in ALTON NH. from the parking lot). Dogs are also able to … A short distance after the left turn a red blaze is located about where the Rock Cave trail starts on left. At 0.5 mi. (2.6 km. 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