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Cedar Mountain, Mt. Major
Alton, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The path to Cedar Mountain
The path to Cedar Mountain

Route: Boulder Loop Trail, Beaver Pond Trail, logging road, herd path, Bay View Trail, bushwhack, Beeline Trail, Mt. Major Trail

To ascend Cedar Mountain, I took the Boulder Loop to the Beaver Pond Trail. I then took the Beaver Pond Trail for 0.4 miles, then took a left onto a logging road, soon bearing right where the main road continued left. This eventually turned into a quasi-marked herd path up to the Cedar Mountain ridge. Lots of ledgy blueberry patches, but I didn't find any spectacular viewpoints. From the Beaver Pond Trail to the summit was 0.5 miles. Mostly dry with a little mud just before leaving the logging road.

I then returned to the Boulder Loop and took it briefly to the Bay View (sort of have to know where this one is, especially with abundant leaves on the ground), then bushwhacked over to the Bee Line and took that to the Mt. Major Trail to the summit, then doubled down the Mt. Major Trail. Lots of leaves and some ledge was wet.

Likely due to Halloween, I did not see a single person and was the only vehicle in the parking lot upon returning around sunset.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Friday, October 31, 2014
Parking Elevation: 640'
Destination: Cedar Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:27
Trailhead Elevation: 640'
Summit Elevation: 1,082'
Vertical Gain: 562'
Destination: Mt. Major
Time Elapsed: 00:32
Trailhead Elevation: 1,082'
Summit Elevation: 1,786'
Vertical Gain: 1,006'
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:30
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,578'


The Boulder Loop Trailhead
The Boulder Loop Trailhead

Mt. Major as seen from near the summit of Cedar Mountain - Click to enlarge
Mt. Major as seen from near the summit of Cedar Mountain

The Beaver Pond Trail between the peaks
The Beaver Pond Trail between the peaks

A porcupine atop Mt. Major
A porcupine atop Mt. Major

Alton Bay as seen from Mt. Major - Click to enlarge
Alton Bay as seen from Mt. Major

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.

Back to Cedar Mountain Profile
Back to Mt. Major Profile




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