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Love this hike. 360° view well worth the effort. One of my faves.

Absolutely breathtaking! One of the prettiest hikes I’ve taken on a cold, but sunny, clear day, completed November 12th 2018. Definitely go up the falling waters trail in winter and come down the old bridle path. It’s incredibly icy and much safer to climb up than go down the falling waters path, and still the several river crossings are a bit of a challenge. Microspikes are a must! But so worth the views! It was pretty cold up on the ridge, and quite windy, so be sure to dress correctly.

Right now there is a fair amount of snow (about 2-3 inches) and ice on the loop so waterproof footwear and yak traks are highly recommended. We did not expect the ice and snow, so we went with hiking boots which kept our feet dry but it was nerve wracking with the icy patches. The gate is locked so it is a 3/4 mile to a 1 mile walk up paved road to the trail head. We did the whole loop in 3 hours with no stopping (I think it would be closer to 2-2.5 hours without the snow and ice) and got back to the car around 4pm, as the sun was setting. A truly beautiful hike all said and done, we will definitely be back again--either with yak tracks or in warmer months!

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3 days ago

Fantastic views and ponds. It is a little muddy and lots of water, due to the rain. I followed the directions on the map and it brought me to a large building. I drove around that building and parked near the second one. I followed the sunset waterfront sign, passed the boyscout camp, bathrooms. I came across a sign on the right that read emergency skills. I took the path to the left of that sign. You pass more camps and a firing range continue to follow it to the pond. When it split, I took the red trail along the pond. I was not able to cross the water crossing to continue on the red trail. I ended up following the water/trail up.You do see two newly made bridges, but I didn't Bother to go across. I continued to follow the trail up and to the left. If necessary, use the alltrails app/map to navigate. I came across another wonderful pond. Back track a little and continue to follow the trail you reach the top and see amazing views. I stayed until almost sunset. I took the yellow trail down. I could not find a marker for the trail, but it can be found to the left of the two ponds, if you are at the top facing them... Closer to the edge of the top. *again, if you are unsure use the alltrails map, it works well.

Nice hike. Great view from top. Did the loop clockwise and about 1.8 miles into the hike the trail required a river crossing (to continue on the red trail) that was flowing fairly fast. Any rocks above the water level were frozen so crossing the river would have been dangerous. As a result we were forced to backtrack about 0.3 Mile and bushwhacked back to the trail. Everything worked out but we were running out of daylight so this is a perfect example why you should always have a headlamp “ just in case”. Enjoy but be cautious of river crossing.

Did this loop hike on 11/10/18 going up Winslow and down Barlow. a decent amount of early snow covering the whole loop, very wet and muddy in sections especially on the Barlow trail. would recommend micro spikes already. Gate to park closed to must walk up the access road to the trail heads. great hike, will do again!

Great day hike and close to home.

Great day for a hike:) Mount Major did not disappoint!

Went for an easy hike with my dog. He loved it. The water was high because of all the rain so we couldn’t make it past a certain part of the trail where the river had come up. Beautiful and easy though.

What a fantastic day of hiking! I've done this hike 20+ times in my life and it's easily my favorite hike in NH. It's is a long loop, and it hard on the body if you're not ready for it and even if you are.

A bit of advice, if you're planning on doing the loop in winter months, I would suggest you start up falling waters and go down Old Bridal path. Sometimes dry creek is impassible and you have to cross it multiple times on falling waters trail. If you hiked up Old Bridal Path and down Falling waters there's the potential that you would need to turn around and go all the way back over the ridge, or bushwack to the highway and follow it back to the parking lot.

The parking lot was about 30 degrees, summits in the clouds. We knew there was snow and ice so came prepared with microspikes, poles, goggles and many layers. The clouds cleared mid-day and the views to Mt. Washington were beautiful.

There were FAR too many people on this hike that really should not have been there. Many people in sneakers, no gloves, and cotton sweatshirts.

Please don't be one of those people. This is a serious hike, particularly in the winter months from October to Feb/March. With the windchill on the ridge, the temp was about 7 degrees F. People die on this hike when they underestimate the weather.

Here is an example :
http://publications.americanalpineclub.org/articles/13200507400/Failure-to-Turn-Back-Failure-to-Follow-Route-Inadequate-Clothing-and-Equipment-Weather-New-Hampshire-Mount-Lafayette

Stay safe, go prepared or don't go. Hope everyone made it down safely yesterday. There were still a lot of cars in the parking lot when we left after hiking out with headlamps for the last mile or so.

Went with a group of 11 people. It wasn't an easy hike for some of us, but we all made it to the top regardless. Very steep in the beginning, but flat at the lake. Beautiful trails, especially with the foliage. The cabin at the top really made for an awesome experience. Bring cash so you can enjoy a hot coco or tea! Not to mention the fresh baked cookies!! Using a pole or stick is highly recommended, especially on the way down. It rained, hailed, and snowed on us, but it was still a great time.

this place offers a difficult hike. the hardest part of the hike is the whooping 8.5 miles. it just takes all day. if you plan on hiking this loop, be sure to come prepared. bring lunch and something to nibble on and water is essential. Need the waterproof hiking boots. be sure to dress breathably warm. a hiking stick will be very useful. bring gloves. and last but not least, a portable charger! start hiking as early as possible because by the time you finish the loop, the sun sets and darkness invades. oh yes, darkness, bring a flashlight just to be on the safe side. you may or may not need it but you'll be grateful to have it in case you need it.

my friends and I started to hike pretty 130pm late. we ended up descending in the dark with flashlights from our phones. got lost a few times. slip and slide more often in the dark. our feet were all soaked from descending the falling water trail. altogether, a great hike. would absolutely do it again. early and more prepared next time!

please wear all wheel drives shoe haha.

Good hike, dogs welcome!

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14 days ago

Just finished before lunch beautiful lake , trail was slippery definitely use your poles makes it easier especially on the way down

Climbed this last Fri. The climb up was moderate to hard for about a mile. I'm not in the best shape at 63, but felt o.k. at the top. Full sunshine but probably a bit below freezing when we arrived at the partially frozen lake. The views were stunning, as there was 4-5 inches of snow on the ground. Mt Lafayette covered in snow. All I could say was praise God for His creation. The hut was really nice. Coming down was tricky, some snow and ice on trail. Poles a must.

Took a group of 4-6 graders today. Great hike for beginners wanting to experience a bit of scrambling. Great for any level wanting to get a quick workout and see some gorgeous views. The monadnock region has a great resource of moderate hikes; this is one of them.

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20 days ago

Great day, slow hike but totally enjoyed it. Only 2nd hike in 30 years!

Hiked the boulder loop and brook trail today. It was beautiful and the foot traffic was very light. weekdays seem to be an ideal time to hike Mt Major. The summit was freezing and windy, but the fall colors were still beautiful.

Went up clockwise and going down was much more difficult and if wet would have made more difficult. Regardless of how you do this, the hike up top along the ridge is awesome. Great hike. Can't imagine one better in the Whites. Came from Cleveland and can't wait to go back.

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21 days ago

Well maintained and a fun moderate trail to do!

Did this trail on October 3rd in 7 hours 45 minutes. I spent 30 Minutes on top of Mt Lafayette, because the view was amazing... A hard hike but it was worth it.

Great Hike!

Amazing. Rough going up, super easy coming down. The view at the top is worth it.

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23 days ago

Completed this hike on 10/19/18 as the weather looked much clearer on this day. Some parts were super icy so was cautious rather than fast, took 8 hours total (including a nice lunch break and chatting with others along the way). I like how it's a loop and is broken up into unique sections because it breaks up the hike nicely (3 mi on Falling Waters up, 2 along the ridge, 3.5 Old Bridle down). It was hard and my muscles are sore but it is a great experience!

Hiked this beast of a mountain October 16 2018. Quite strenuous hike 3 quarters of the way. The view makes it all worth it. With several waterfalls on the way we started at falling Waters and down to the bridle path. Hiked at 11:30am took us about 7 1/2 hours to complete with few breaks. Last hour was in the dark which I'd recommend avoid doing that, we heard a cougar near by (very deliberate chirping noise) which I later read online is to find their young .. Fed wild red squirrels some nuts by hand. It was a little icy towards the top and very windy at the summet. I probably wouldn't do this hike again personally because it was a lot of work and I was also a little under dressed. I brought 3 bottles of water only drank two. great hike for experience hikers. Also the hut on the way down was a life saver offering warmth, tea and hot cocoa and corn bread. Only asking for a few dollars we left a $20 and they also gave us a head light for the way down which barley worked but of course very appreciated.

By far my favorite hike in New England. My best friend and I have done this hike every way possible in every different season and somehow it amazes me every time. A definate must on your trail bucket list!!

I hiked this trail on 10/16/18. There was a wind advisory in effect when I left the parking lot around 6:30. I hiked up Falling Waters, which is delightful. Very aptly named- there are multiple waterfalls. The wind was roaring in the treetops above me long before I ever reached the exposed area on Little Haystack. I had packed multiple wool layers and a Gore-Tex jacket, but I didn’t have appropriate cold weather gloves and I thought my fingers were going to freeze. I was not prepared for the temps on the exposed ridge. It was utterly, bitterly COLD on the ridge. The blasts of wind were so strong that I didn’t even dare take my phone out to take pictures at times. However, the sky was clear and the views were completely gorgeous, especially the frosty pines. Crampons would’ve been helpful, but I managed fine on the icy rocks with only hiking boots. I was very thankful for my trekking poles. The hike down Bridle Path was lovely. I’m a slow uphill hiker, and stop incessantly for photos. So the loop took me just under 10 hrs to complete. I met a number of other hikers- all great people. I would definitely recommend this hike!

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