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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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Mount Kearsarge, Rollins Trail
by Ray Laramie

3 Completed 2 Reviews

Love ,love this mountain! Perfect distance for a day hike. Today it was breezy and cold. Snow flakes were in the air as we made our trek!

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Monadnock Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Great hike, be careful in the fog though. Bring a compass to navigate in the fog.

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Gonic Trails
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

What a beautiful spot! Only about a 10 minute walk from the parking lot. Nice waterfall. Interesting terrain. Only 10 minutes from my house. I will return as often as possible!

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Lockes Hill
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

Hiked it with my wife on a beautiful fall Friday afternoon. Great views from the top. We especially liked the area called the Glade. People had made ground-level "armchairs" with rocks there. Very surprising! Will definitely return. I recommend to take the Quarry Trail up & the Lakeview Trail down.

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Mount Monadnock
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5 Completed 2 Reviews

5 Star bc it was an awesome challenge! This was my first hike and everyone kept saying, "oh that is an easy one", well... No it isn't! I think they were confused with another mountain. I had an awesome time with friends and challenged myself while enjoying the great outdoors. The views were of course beautiful, trail was easy to follow... just go UP! I kept saying, is it gonna end??? Yes, it does and it is worth the view! Bring water! :)

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3 Purgatory Falls Trail
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5 Completed 2 Reviews

Loved this peaceful walk through Purgatory Falls, I would try to get a map before venturing through! We had a great time, I wasn't in the best of shape but could do the miles - just took our time. Some places were steep but you can manage by holding onto trees and other ground. I will go back next year on another beautiful sunny day! I would recommend this to anyone who can manage the 5 miles, just take your time! :)

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Franconia Ridge
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Amazing! I hiked with my dad end of September. Foliage, warm weather, low winds. Important to hike counterclockwise to avoid head wind and I think better views.

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Belknap Range
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

My brother- in-lawe did a loop starting from Mt Major parking lot on 11 and completed 3 summits on the Quarry trail (Quarry, Rand, Kelm) and 4 on the Belknap Range Trail (Mack, Anna, So Straightback Mt, Major) It has an appropriate rating as difficult due to the length of the route. It ended up taking us 6.5 hours to traverse the 11.5 miles. I would recommend this hike because of it incredible views of the lake and northernly mountains. You still get great views even thought you are remaining fairly low in elevation.

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Belknap Range
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

My brother- in-lawe did a loop starting from Mt Major parking lot on 11 and completed 3 summits on the Quarry trail (Quarry, Rand, Kelm) and 4 on the Belknap Range Trail (Mack, Anna, So Straightback Mt, Major) It has an appropriate rating as difficult due to the length of the route. It ended up taking us 6.5 hours to traverse the 11.5 miles. I would recommend this hike because of it incredible views of the lake and northernly mountains. You still get great views even thought you are remaining fairly low in elevation.

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Pemigewasset Loop
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

My daughter and I hiked this loop in early October. This trail is an amazing challenge, I really am in awe of people who are able to run it. Fortunately the beauty of the wilderness is maintained except in some areas it is scarred by hikers and campers who did not practice leave no trace.
The hike was very beautiful but also very strenuous. The loop provide ten peaks to conquer 8 are over four thousand feet and 2 are over five thousand feet. We did it in 3 days, met a bear thankfully we had a bear canister from the park ranger and strung our dogs food between two trees. The trails are steep straight up the mountain and straight down except when entering and exiting the loop. We got a late start the first night and slept in remote site off of the Mt. Flume and Liberty. We did the loop clockwise where we found little available water except AMC provides access to a spring at Liberty spring if you hike down the MT 0.3miles towards the tent site so plan ahead. You then do not pass water until Garfield pond. The alpine ridge line was my favorite between Mt Lafayette and Garfield. We spent the night at Garfield pond area which was very beautiful. We cut through Franconia Brook trail which skipped 4 of the four thousand footers, quite frankly I was worn out! This made the trip 25 miles rather than 31. After Garfield there is pretty good water availability. When going through Franconia brook the terrain is easy and very beautiful, several streams needed to be crossed which was a lovely reprieve from the unusual heat wave of Columbus day weekend. The night we were near Mt Flume and Liberty Springs some back packers did not protect their food from bears and lost their food and had a visitor in their tent. This is the same area we had a bear encounter but due to planning for a visit the bear lost interest in our tent site. So take the bear warnings seriously. I lived and hiked in the Rockies, Longs Peak, Twin Mt Pemi Loop is far more strenuous so be ready!

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