DATE: Mar 09, 2024 to Mar 09, 2024
Half Day Hike MT. MAJOR HIKE

Meeting Time: 10:30 AM

Event Coordinator: Gandalf
Laconia, NH

Max # People: 15

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Difficulty Level: Moderate


Mount Major (1,786ft) is one of New Hampshire's most hiked mountains! It is part of the Belknap Range in the Lakes Region. Just south of the White Mountains and Lake Winnipesaukee, it offers incredible views of the lake and Alton Bay!

The hike is a moderate loop hike with approximately 4 miles and 1,150 feet of elevation gain. The plan is to hike up Boulder Loop Trail to the summit and return using Major-Straightback Link, Brook Trail, and Mount Major Trail.

This loop has it all: some gentle sections, a steep & ledgy section, and a pretty brook along several sections. The open summit rewards our hard work with magnificent views!

Make sure to bring gear for a winter hike. Gloves, hats, warm layers are all mandatory. You should be prepared with wicking layers and wear NO COTTON.  Microspikes are required as we are now into winter conditions as well as winter insulated hiking boots. Snowshoes may be needed if there was a recent snowstorm…we’ll let you know. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to me in advance.

Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

Head north on U.S. Highway 3 toward Laconia and turn right on the limited access US 3 and NH 11 bypass. At the end of the bypass, continue east on Route 11 past Ellacoya State beach and the waterfront resorts in Gilford. After about 10.6 miles, look for a right turn into the trailhead parking area marked by a conspicuous state highway sign. From the opposite direction, the entrance to the trailhead is about 4 miles west of Alton Bay. We are driving a blue Toyota Tacoma truck.