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Mt. Major
Alton, NH

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

Route: Mt. Major Trail, (Mt. Major), Mt. Major Trail, Beeline Trail, Boulder Loop

While the lower elevations were starting to melt out, I was able to snowshoe to the summit without much difficulty. Above the woods road portion of the Mt. Major Trail (only a few inches of base in the lower elevations), there was still a good foot or two of base, with some blue ice lurking in the ledgy areas.

For the descent, I followed some tracks off the Mt. Major Trail ledge bypass, knowing they were likely the unmarked Beeline Trail. This trail dropped steeply into the woods below, then went fairly directly to the Boulder Loop. Now that I know where it is, I may need to check it out again after the snow melts to see what the footbed is like.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Friday, March 25, 2011
Parking Elevation: 590'
Destination: Mt. Major
Time Elapsed: 00:41
Trailhead Elevation: 600'
Summit Elevation: 1,786'
Distance: 1.75 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,211'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:17
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,221'


The Mt. Major Trail trailhead at the back of the Route 11 parking lot
The Mt. Major Trail trailhead at the back of the Route 11 parking lot

Looking at Lake Winnipesaukee from the Mt. Major summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at Lake Winnipesaukee from the Mt. Major summit

Topographic map of 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.

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