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Mount Major Trail

Alton Bay, NH

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Mount Major Trail is a 3.4 mile loop trail located near Alton Bay, New Hampshire and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Recent Reviews

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The Flume Trail
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7 Completed 4 Reviews

Great.

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Mount Pemigewasset Trail (Indian Head)
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7 Completed 4 Reviews

Easier way up than the two. Other is very steep and hard to follow trail. Great views from the top

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The Sawyer Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Short but very well maintained trail (maybe 1-1.5 mi). Very easy to walk, some minor changes in elevation but trail remains smooth and easily navigated in these cases. Was hoping, based on the current picture on all trails.com, that there was a water feature on the bike but there is not. There is a nearby lake but we were unable to get to it with the Sawyer Trail-one would have to cross a road. Nice looking wooded trail but the ground cover and plant life is fairly barren compared to other fern-laden trails in the area. Worth a look if you need a quick bike to stretch your legs or a new place to walk the dog. Overall experience - Good.

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Boston Lot Lake
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Great trail. Initial hike (perhaps .5 mi) to Lake is a steep climb on a forestry-service-type access road. The heart of the trail meanders around the lake through push ferns and moss-covered rocks over some small bubbling brooks. Quite beautiful. Upon completing the loop trail I went for a swim. Recommend some type water shoe as there are many rock but I didn't bring any and it was not too bad. Water was wonderful, clear, and refreshing.
People with knee / back problem may find some of the trail elevations difficult but there was never a dangerous spot (as long as you pay attention and don't trip).
There is one strip of grass between sets of boulders before you enter the forest trail that is expertly and intensely carpeted with dog feces. Watch your step! It was apparent that most owners had their animal evacuate pre-trail as I noticed no feces in wooded sections but would be nice if they picked up the grassy stretch bombs.
Overall - terrific trail.

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Rattlesnake Trail
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19 Completed 16 Reviews

Super easy hike with great views of Squam lake, hiked up to watch the sun set and it was very nice!

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William H. Champlin, Jr. Forest Reservation Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Nice Trail but some areas need cleared. Great for trail running but only 2 mile look so doing it twice is good. Very buggy so use a lot of bug spray.

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Alpine Garden Trail
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59 Completed 30 Reviews

Name says it all. Beautiful.

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Boott Spur Trail
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59 Completed 30 Reviews

Descended on this trail from the summit side of Tucks after crossing the headwall. Amazing views, picturesque terrain. Was glad we decided to down this way after missing the Huntington Ravine trail and electing to ascend via the Lions Head, turned out to be.a fantastic loop.

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Tuckermans Ravine Mount Washington
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41 Completed 18 Reviews

I think that by far this is the most difficult hike I have ever done. I was very lucky since that weekend the weather was perfect which is an unusual occurrence on Mt. Washington. 8 hours of constant sun and low wind was gift I didn't want to turn my back on. So after finishing another high peak the day before, Mt. Mansfield in VT, I set off early in the morning and arrived at Mt. Washington ready to Rock! The first part before the ravine goes through the forest throughout the river and it is absolutely beautiful. The moment I faced the ravine I felt the overwhelming magnitude of this mountain and I can fully understand why it climes so many lives every year. A one mistake and or one stronger windblown and an adventure can turn into a tragic event. I think the only solution for this mountain is a steady paste, different for everyone, and determination that drives us all up the rocks although once I got to the last portion of the hike - a vertical 900 feet of rock scrambling I had a few moments when I thought: WTF am I doing here? :) It was probably the longest 900 feet of my life, but Gosh it felt good when I finally stood by the sign Mt. Washington 6,289 ...

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Tower Hill Pond Loop
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Perfect for an old geezer like me. We also brought a 12 year old dog who managed to complete the loop without too much effort. The sign said no swimming, so we had to find a spot off trail for the pups to play in water, but the place is pristine and a nice leisurely 2 hour stroll.

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