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About


Mt. Major, 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 Bee Line Trail
Looking up the Bee Line Trail

Route: Boulder Loop, Beeline Trail, Mt. Major Trail, (Mt. Major), Major/Straightback Link, (Straightback Mountain), Major/Straightback Link, (Mt. Major), Brook Trail, Mt. Major Trail

Trails were mostly dry and in good shape. Took the Beeline to get up to the summit without getting slowed down by the descending crowds. Minimal blueberries to be found in heavily traveled areas, but plenty to be found just past the summit heading toward Straightback, as well as tons on Straightback.

Fantastic weather - crisp air, nice breeze, far reaching views, temperatures in the upper 60s/lower 70s.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, August 18, 2014
Parking Elevation: 585'
Destination: Mt. Major
Time Elapsed: 00:24
Trailhead Elevation: 600'
Summit Elevation: 1,786'
Vertical Gain: 1,196'
Destination: Straightback Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:28
Trailhead Elevation: 1,786'
Summit Elevation: 1,890'
Distance: 1.1 miles
Vertical Gain: 365'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:43
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,680'


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

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

Looking back toward Mt. Major while on the Major/Straightback Link trail to Straightback Mountain
Looking back toward Mt. Major while on the Major/Straightback Link trail to Straightback Mountain

Looking south from Straightback Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking south 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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Back to Straightback Mountain Profile




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