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Mt. Major, North Straightback Mountain, Straightback Mountain
Alton, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Beeline Trail
Looking up the Beeline Trail

Route: Boulder Loop, Beeline Trail, Mt. Major Trail, (Mt. Major), Major-Straightback Link, Quarry Spur, Quarry Trail, (North Straightback Mountain), Quarry Trail, Blue Trail, (Straightback Mountain), Blue Trail, Quarry Trail, (North Straightback Mountain), Green Trail, Brook Trail, Mt. Major Trail

Trails were mostly dry and in good shape. Beeline Trail provided a good route for avoiding crowds on the ascent. Quarry Spur is orange blazed and generally easier to follow now than when it was being logged a few years ago. Green Trail from North Straightback to Brook Trail is also generally straightforward for descent (may be hard to find on ascent, as it starts on a section of the Brook Trail that has since been rerouted.

No blueberries to be seen on the main routes, however they were plentiful on Straightback and just south of North Straightback. Some of the berries are starting to get whizzled - someone or thing needs to get them soon!


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Major
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy
Destination: North Straightback Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Straightback Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Parking Elevation: 585'
Destination: Mt. Major
Time Elapsed: 00:24
Trailhead Elevation: 600'
Summit Elevation: 1,786'
Vertical Gain: 1,196'
Destination: North Straightback Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:21
Trailhead Elevation: 1,786'
Summit Elevation: 1,910'
Vertical Gain: 355'
Destination: Straightback Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:11
Trailhead Elevation: 1,910'
Summit Elevation: 1,890'
Vertical Gain: 90'
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:11
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,791'


The Boulder Loop Trail trailhead at the back of the Route 11 parking lot
The Boulder Loop Trail trailhead at the back of the Route 11 parking lot

Looking at Alton Bay and Copple Crown from Mt. Major - Click to enlarge
Looking at Alton Bay and Copple Crown from Mt. Major

The Quarry Spur to North Straightback Mountain
The Quarry Spur to North Straightback Mountain

Fall already?
Fall already?

Lake Winnipesaukee as seen from near the top of North Straightback Mountain - Click to enlarge
Lake Winnipesaukee as seen from near the top of North Straightback Mountain

Heading to Straightback Mountain
Heading to Straightback Mountain

Hills Pond, Sunset Lake, Crystal Lake as seen from Straightback Mountain - Click to enlarge
Hills Pond, Sunset Lake, Crystal Lake as seen from Straightback Mountain

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 11 West (north in reality) from Alton Bay. Parking lot and trailhead are on the left after the blasted out section of Route 11.

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