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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


North Mountain Loop Trail

20 Completed 2 Reviews

The full North Mountain loop is longer than 4 miles. I started and ended at the Reservation Road gate and followed the white trail markers. The park map (off the NH SP website) was a little confusing to follow at certain points so my mileage was increased due to a few turnarounds. In order to complete the loop, when you come to Round Pond Road - after about 4 miles - you need to go right and follow the road to meet back up with the white trail. It was a nice hike, with some decent views. There were no leaves on the trees so the lookouts were nice but they may not be that way when the trees have full coverage. The first part of the hike ,up to the summit, was a little challenging but afterwards the hike was pretty easy.


Welch-Dickey Loop Trail

1 Completed 1 Reviews

Excellent little trip, we started up the left side of the loop (to go in a clockwise fashion). It took us about 2 hours to get to the stone ledges, just before the ledges there was some packed snow and ice, so you must be careful this spring to have good footwear and some kind of hiking stick which can get a hold in ice is advisable while it is still spring. Excellent view, great hike.
Drawbacks: there is some red tape in the form of $3 parking fee, cash only (we scraped together many quarters, haha)


Pack Monadnock Trail

4 Completed 1 Reviews

Hiked up with a friend, there was still lots of snow and some ice but not really a problem, most were using clamp ons but just had my hiking boots and made the south peak and back with no problems it was an awesome day for a hike.. love this place!!


Mount Jackson

6 Completed 2 Reviews

This was my second 4000 footer and the temperature was in the 30's when I started at 11:00.
The trail was packed down and all I needed were my micro-spikes. It's fair to say that Mount Jackson's rating of moderate is accurate, with the exception of a few steep areas on the trail. The weather couldn't have been nicer, with clear skies and bright sunshine. I would have loved to spend more time at the summit, but with the windchill, it felt like it was between zero and -10. I was wearing the right gear and was comfortable, until I made the mistake of taking off my gloves to take pictures. Within a minute, my hands turned purple and fingernails started to ache.......Yikes >_


Gap Mountain Trail

2 Completed 1 Reviews

Hiked with my 4yr old son last weekend. The bulk of this trail is very easy, slight assent, however the last 1/4mi maybe is challenging. My son and dog had a tough time in a few spots, especially the switchback right before you reach peak, but we had an awesome time despite the snow and ice. View atop is fantastic.


Mount Cube Trail

21 Completed 6 Reviews

yes extremely easy if the trail is broken but if its not it is one of the more challenging 3000 footers to do during winter in the Hanover area. first two miles is very deceiving very gentle increase in elevation, then after the second brook crossing it gets much steeper offering views of Mt. Moosilauke. roughly half a mile before the main summit there is a spur trail to your right that leads to the North summit. mild views at the main summit, the extra half mile to the North peak offers the better views of Moosilauke and Smarts. bring lots of food and water if breaking trail after a storm here, the powder was deep and fluffy!


Mount Pemigewasset Trail (Indian Head)

6 Completed 2 Reviews

It was very windy in the parking lot, so I wasn't sure what to expect. This is my first year hiking in the winter. I wore micro spikes for traction, and that was all I needed. Although the trail was mostly packed down, there was a bit of fresh powder from a day or two ago -just enough that is was slippery in places. This hike reminded me of a nature path winding back and forth through the woods because it didn't seem steep. I would recommend Mount Pemi to anyone that is hiking alone or doesn't want anything too challenging. The views at the top are amazing and there is a ton of space to sit and snack or rest. If only there were lawn chairs, I could have started working on my tan.


Mt. Osceola Trail

32 Completed 10 Reviews

Starting on the Kancamagus at the Greeley Ponds trailhead, follow 1.3 miles to junction. Turn right and head up toward E. Osceola. Be prepared for some very steep sections. Crampons and something to self arrest with are highly recommended. I did it with poles, in micro -spikes and it was a little hairy to say the least. I did avoid the steepest pitch of the chute by skirting right on the escape bushwack. The summit of Mt. Osceola and the Osceola cliffs provided AMAZING views from the North all the way past Waterville valley and on to the south. The steepness made for a quick descent via boot skiing with the occasional butt slide. All said, it was a difficult but rewarding hike in March. I'm anxious to do it from the other side in the summertime!


Wapack Trail

210 Completed 4 Reviews

interesting that the map only shows the section from Pack Monadnock to North Pack. The trail goes all the way down to Mt Watatic in MA. it is a very nice trail although only moderate in difficulty. It is a nice alternative in spring to the mud and post-holes further North.


Hedgehog Mountain Trail

9 Completed 1 Reviews

Avec des enfants de 8 à 14 ans. Une réussite.