Mt. Major. A Great Day Trip! By: Allie Barone
- Wednesday, September 19, 2018
- Posted by Krisanne Butler in Uncategorized
If you are look for a new way to get fit, spend quality time with friends and family, or enjoy the gorgeous landscapes of New England, Mt. Major in Alton, New Hampshire may be your answer. Mt. Major is a popular hike, close enough for a day trip, with a view beautiful enough to motivate your climb. Difficulty of this hike is rated as moderate, making it ideal for climbers of all experience levels, and age. Atop the 1,785 ft mountain, you will get the best views of Lake Winnipesaukee and surrounding areas. This is a wonderful way to enjoy New Hampshire’s largest lake covering 69 square miles.
Once you get to Alton, the parking lot is easy to find right off Route 11. Street parking is also available. From the trailhead, you will find a map, descriptions of the trails to the summit, and, if you are lucky, sometimes a snack vendor will be on site. You have two options to reach the summit. Either take the more laborious Mt. Major Trail which includes steep terrain, boulders, and loose gravel, or you can take the Boulder Loop trail, which is the more relaxed trail. Mt. Major trail measures at 1.5 miles, while the boulder Loop trail measures 1.6 miles, so either is the perfect distance for a half-day hike. The summit is a stunning place to enjoy your lunch, rest, and take in the view. Did we mention that your dogs are welcome to enjoy the trail with you? Be sure to take a photo at the top, as it is picturesque, especially in the fall! Post your photo on instagram and remember to tag us @the_forzese_group so we can see your climb! For the more adventurous, be sure to visit the mountain this winter with your snowmobile and ride the Mt. Major Snowmobile trail! The fun continues year-round!