Mount Major

Laconia, New Hampshire 03249

Mount Major

Mount Major Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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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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5/13/2010
Nice short hike. Well maintained and marked. Decent elevation gain. Some of the best views in NH.
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5/1/2010
Mothers day hike with the family. Very nice mountain with great views.
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8/8/2009
Clear day. Awesome views of the big lake. Took the Blue trail up and the Orange down. Took the wife and I 2 hours to complete it.
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8/1/2009
moderate trail, some what step in some parts, great views, well worth it
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9/8/2008
I think Mount Major can have different faces, so hike every season this area.
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7/5/2004
If you really want to get an appreciation of hiking this mountain then I would take the "E trail" or "Boulder Loop" as it is called. The trail starts right at the parking area to the left. You cross two bridges over running water. As you follow the trail take rights at any and all intersections and you can't miss. The trail blazes are orange and well marked. This is the most natural and scenic hike up the mountain and much less travelled than the other trails as far as I know. It is more challenging for a family with small children however and I would not take this route with children under 11. If the children are 11 or so they will be fine. There are two sections in particular where it would be challenging but not dangerous. There are also a couple sections where you would have to negotiate loose dirt on the descent, Grab for a tree or bend your knees to lower your center of gravity to gain grip. Also, choosing to step on granite flats will stabalize your footing. However, this is only in a couple of sections but should be mentioned. This hike takes a couple of hours and converges at the top with all other trails. Enjoy. It's a nice hike.
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Trail Information

Laconia
Nearby City
3
Distance
1,100 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Division of Forests and Lands
Local Contacts
USGS West Alton quad.
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Sep 2018