Mount Major State Forest Reviews
After dropping our kids off at camp my husband and I decided to take a nice hike. We chose Mt. Major. We took the blue trail up which was somewhat challenging for me but not as much for him. We then t... more »
We hiked up Mt. Major on the blue trail, and did not expect it to be as steep and difficult as it was - on the other hand, climbing up rocks added an element of accomplishment to the hike, because you... more »
This was the fist mountain I hiked as a small child and have been coming back ever since. Yes, it's small. Yes, it's easy. You can be to the top in under 45 minutes easily while still stopping to enjoy some view points. It has a beautiful view from the top looking down at the lake and islands. Any time I was to test some new gear out in a close and easy well know place I come here. It can be over crowded so I recommend doing a sunrise hike to beat the crowds.
I do realize that Mount Major is the most visited Mountain in the Belknap range. And even though it has nice views from the top, I only give it a 4 because it's usually too crowded. Some of the trails are becoming quite eroded, not just due to weather but to the extreme amount of people that hike Mount Major on a daily basis. On this visit to the summit of Mount Major, it wasn't busy when I got to the top because it was raining and people were already on their way down. I went up the Boulder Loop Trail, which is blazed in Orange, and I came down the Jesus Valley Road - Beaver Pond Trail. That one is blazed in red and is not very heavily traveled. There is a parking lot at the end of the Jesus Valley Road Trail which I would have to rate as the easiest way to the summit, because it's a snowmobile trail most of the way. The Orange Trail requires some rock scrambling on eroded rocks, and gets quite slippery when it's wet. Mount Major State Forest consists of more than just the summit of Mount Major. For anyone wanting to explore the area at self, I would recommend taking some of the less traveled trails, like the Jesus Valley Road - Beaver Pond Trail. You will see things along those trails that you would not see from the more popular trails. Both trails are accessible from Mount Major parking lot, as the Beaver Pond section of the Red Trail intersects with Orange Trail. You can do a pretty decent loop hiking up the Orange Trail and down the Red Trail if you are not in a hurry, because taking the Red Trail all the way back to Mount Major parking lot is the long way around.
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