Mount Major

Alton Bay, New Hampshire 03810

Mount Major

Mount Major Professional Review and Guide

"A popular hike to a broad bald summit and a stunning view of Lake Winnipesaukee. While the name Mount Major does not refer to the size of the mountain, it does describe the view. The expansive summit may not be high in elevation, but you feel like you’re on top the world, or at least Lake Winnipesaukee.

The bird’s-eye view of the lake is the finest of the region, extending from the narrow southern tip across the broads and on to its northern shore. There are other hikes at the southern end of the lake, but none with an expansive open top like Mount Major’s.

There are a number of children’s summer camps on Lake Winnipesaukee that climb Mount Major as an outing, so there can be lots of kids on the trails here, even midweek, throughout the summer."

More Mount Major Professional Reviews and Guides

"Locate a short hike to a beautiful view on one of the main tourist arteries in the Lakes Region and you’re sure to generate plenty of interest. Within easy driving distance of Meredith, Weirs Beach, and Laconia, this well-trod path to the summit of Mount Major is a convenient family outing with sufficient challenge to give those who climb it the feeling they’ve completed a “real ” hike.

From the summit, a unique summertime vista also encompasses two Mount Washingtons, the White Mountain peak on the northern horizon, and the historic steamship that plies the waters of Lake Winnipesaukee. Special attractions: Wide-angle views of Lake Winnipesaukee spread before a backdrop of White Mountain peaks."

"The origin of the name Mount Major is a mystery. It does not refer to the size of the mountain, but it might describe the view. The open bed- rock summit perches over Lake Winnipesaukee, the largest lake in New Hampshire. There are other hikes at the southern end of the lake, but none with an expansive open top like Mount Major‘s."

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9/10/2018
I took 5 kids on this hike, 14, 12, twin 5 and a 3 year old. Some areas were really steep and the little kids required help but overall this was a great hike.
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9/7/2013
I just started hiking for the first time last year and fell in love with it. Did some easy to moderate hikes before trying to conquer Mt Major. It's a moderate hike for a beginner or someone out of shape like myself. Near the top is the hardest with a few rock slab scrambles. Can be slippery on wet days so be cautious. Make sure to take a lunch, a camera and/or binoculars. the views from the top are 5 star and some of the best views in the state for such an easy hike. Will be doing Mt Major again this spring.
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6/20/2011
it was a great day and a great hike. beautiful views of lake winnipissaukee and surrounding areas. climbed it with my wife and german shepard.
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4/25/2011
Great hike! Did it with my 9 yr old son. Took about 3 hours up and back with a 45 min.stop at the top for lunch. Cloudy and cool that day. No visability but great views when it is clear out.
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7/26/2010
It was a clear day and temp was 77 degrees at the trailhead. I took the blue trail and the only problem I found was that I ran into a number of hikers who turn their dogs loose. The views from the top were beautiful. Unfortunately, this mountain draws a crowd due to its close proximity to the lake.
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6/19/2010
Mt. Major was actually a little more challenging than we were expecting. Our 8 year-old daughter made it, but we needed every last M&M to get her to the summit. Beautiful views of the lake.
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Trail Information

Alton Bay
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
3.4 miles
Distance
1,159 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
Views
Features
USGS West Alton Quad
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Activity Feed

Nov 2018