Mount Major State Forest, Alton Bay

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Mount Major is a mountain located in Alton, New Hampshire, south of Lake Winnipesaukee and northeast of Straightback Mountain in the Belknap Range.

The scenic, rocky summit is a popular hiking destination, accessible by multiple trails including the Mount Major Trail, the Brook Trail, and the Boulder Loop.

The north, east and south faces of Mount Major drain into Lake Winnipesaukee, thence via the Winnipesaukee River into the Merrimack River and finally into the Gulf of Maine in Massachusetts. The west ridge of Mount Major rises only 186 feet (57 m) feet above the col with the higher Straightback Mountain. The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests owns three parcels of land on the west, north, and east sides of the mountain.
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  • I did a sunrise hike today and it was absolutely breathtaking. Wore a nice cozy sweater and had a head flash light and was good to go!! I did the blue trail which the trail was relatively wide and...  more »
  • A hike to the top of Mount Major is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon. Depending on your fitness level and the route you choose getting to the top will take 45 minutes to an hour and a...  more »
  • It's a great 1 hour moderate hike up to the top. If you go on a clear day you can see most of the lake. If you go early in the summer, there are blueberries on the top. Don't mistake them with the dark purple berries. 20 years ago, I made the berries into a pie with friends.
  • Nice reasonable hikes in area, with gradual climbs to to the summit where there are great views of the lakes. I had a wonderful experience at morning watching the sunrise and recommend that time. Since the top is exposed it can be windy in the winter, I gave it only 4 stars because the summit is the only interesting part of the area.

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