Trip report

Mts. Major/Straightback Blueberry Hike

Hiking/Walk DATE: 07/30/2011 - 07/30/2011

Trip/Event Location: Alton, NH
US

Trip Leader(s): WalkaboutBrian , markus24

Max # People: 20

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

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Mt. Major and Mt. Straightback Blueberry Picking Hike

Come for a walk up Mount Major and Mount Straightback in Alton, NH for some blueberry picking. This will be a social and casual hike. The trip

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Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

Trail head parking lot:  N43 31.142'  W71 16.387'

We will meet at the Mt. Major parking lot off of NH Route 11 in Alton, NH.

From the Alton traffic circle (junction Route 28 and Route 11) the parking area is 6 miles west on Route 11.

From the Laconia Airport the parking lot is about 10 miles heading east on Route 11.  There will be a brown state highway sign indicating the Mt. Major parking lot just ahead.  Be ready to park along the side of Route 11 if the parking area is full. Parking is free.


Trip Report/Photos
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Thank you everyone for a wonderful stroll in the Belknaps! Mark and I had a fun blue sky day with you. It was a great pleasure to meet a few of you for the first time, too. We hope to see you all on other GO adventures.

Here is how our hike went...

Eleven of us met at the Mt. Major parking lot for the start. The lot was full for parking so we needed to resort to parking on the side of the highway. We waited 15 minutes for two more hikers who did not show so we started without them at 11:15.

We followed the Boulder Trail at a casual pace. This trail was a moderate incline at first, than the trail meandered through a field of glacial erratics which were tricky to climb over. Nearing the summit the trail turned onto ledges with decent views of Alton Bay than it terminated on the well exposed summit cone of Mount Major. Many of the guys seemed to enjoy the adventure the rocks gave us on the trail. We arrived just around 12:30.

At the Mount Major summit we at a short lunch sheltered from the wind in a partially dismantled stone summit lookout. Outstanding and clear views were had with just over half of Lake Winnipesaukee, the Ossipee Mountains, and the southern ranges of the White Mountains in view. There were many other people dispersed throughout the area. We had a pleasant surprise when one of the guys we waited for showed up from the main trail exhausted. He explained his lateness was due to turning around on the way than later determining he was going the right way the first time. After a half hour lunch we packed up and headed to Mount Straightback.

The trail from Mount Major to Mount Straightback was quite windy, but refreshing with the high noon heat beating on us. It was an easy walk across ledge which led into the more wooded col between the peaks. As we began the gradual ascent to Mount Straightback the trail became more pleasant and natural since very few people hike it.

We eventually made it to the Mount Straightback summit where we began our blueberry picking. The summit was an old berry farm years ago and has been slowly growing in with trees between the rocky berry patches. It offered views to the south and west. We sunbathed (sunburned), socialized, and picked berries for about an hour and a half.

Our decent started by backtracking just over a half mile to the Brook Trail junction. We than followed this trail down to the parking area. The trail was gradual and somewhat rocky with gravel and stones. Amazingly, with all the people hiking the mountain that day, our group did not pass a single person on the way down except near the very end. We ended at the parking lot just around 5pm..

After the hike all but one of us drove to The Johnson’s Dairy Bar in New Durham where we ordered takeout hot dogs, seafood, and ice cream. We ate at the pick nick tables in front and socialized for a while before departing for the day.

That was the end of another great GO adventure!

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What Members Are Saying About This Trip/Event

  • Awesome trip. I had a great time and look forward to attending more. It was a ton of fun, and I'm still eating the blueberries, so it's still paying off! :-) I agree with shep5, it was a lot of fun with such a great group guys. - GpD
  • Thanks for organizing and hosting a fantastic hike, Brian and Mark! Doing Mt. Major was long overdue and even better with such a great group of guys! - shep5

Members That Participated

WalkaboutBrian

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Gilmanton IW, NH


United States

Attended
markus24

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Gilmanton IW, NH


United States

Attended
Cartman

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Framingham, MA


United States

Attended
snowsurfer

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


Framingham, MA


United States

Attended
shep5

Outdoor Fitness Level: Very Strenuous


Jaffrey, NH


United States

Attended
HikerBiker

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Londonderry, NH


United States

Attended
goldnwolf

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


St. Petersburg / Pittsburgh , NH


United States

Attended
guest member
otimo

Outdoor Fitness Level: Easy to Moderate


Westerly, RI


United States

Attended
GpD

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


Manchester, NH


United States

Attended
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