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hiking
2 days ago

This trail is a great hike. We did do the Trail counterclockwise and it was a lovely hike. I want to go back and hike it clockwise to see which way is “nicer”.
There were some smaller trees down throughout the trail - easily maneuvered
We wore spikes as the path was packed by hiker traffic.
Note: When you cross the covered bridge from the parking lot take a right to the trailhead.

Beautiful view and nice hike in the snow! Green trail markers could not be located, but could still find the way to the top. Beautiful view of Mt. Washington.

skiing
11 days ago

Pretty solid ski trail here. Good for intermediate-advanced skiers. The trail is fairly wide compared to most backcountry ski trails, good for moderately spaced turns and not too steep. There’s a pretty neat cabin at the top, but it’s locked in winter. Lower down there’s some opportunity for glade skiing.

Plan a two or three day stay, the weather pattern changes by the hour.

Really liked this hike! It was crowded when we started in the afternoon on a weekend. We had to park on the main road outside the parking lot and saw a ton of people on the trail. The hike was challenging but the views at the top were great!

Great hike on a beautiful sunny day. The trail was well-packed so snowshoes were not needed. We wore spikes the whole way. It became really soft in the afternoon, so expect icy conditions tomorrow when temps drop. It took us about 2 hours to reach the summit and one hour to get back down. Our dog had no problem at all going up or down.

Beautiful day, gorgeous views from the fire tower, and lots of friendly pupperinos on the trail! We were glad to have our microspikes on some of the steeper sections near the top.

hiking
18 days ago

Favorite hike for years, first hiked around 12yo

Wife and I climbed Mt Major this morning. A beautiful day to be outdoors. Temps were in the Low 40’s with sunshine. Wind made it a little chilly at the summit. Always remember, there’s no such thing as bad weather. Just poor choices in clothing:). Took us 1.5 hours up and 1 hour down. Recommend some sort of traction cleats or crampons as well as trekking poles. Approximately 6 to 8 inches of snow throughout most of the hike. A little slippery coming down the blue trail. All in all a very blessed day.

great workout or beginner family hike with nice view.

Beautiful trail. Starts to the left of the parking lot. Very fun to hike with snow at the top, would definitely recommend chains. The views were incredible and well worth the hike.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

This was a great hike! It was a little tough to tell which season Mother Nature had in mind, lol. About half way up, spikes were VERY handy! The summit was windy and cold, but oh so majestic with ice and snow and bluebird skies! I didn’t consider this an overly difficult hike...moderate at best and perfect for what I needed! I WILL be back!

hiking
1 month ago

Unbelievable views from the fire tower, but we definitely regretted not bringing crampons to help scale the icy 30% grade sections. The incline is constant, but not too difficult, especially considering our frequent brakes to look at the amazing views. There were about 5-6 inches of snow on the top but it was easy to climb without getting too cold.

Awesome!

Great day hike and close to home.

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

Even in early November there was still quite a bit of color. Tricky to find the start of the trail but once you do it the trail is well marked with yellow dashes. Going down was more difficult to me with the slick rocks, I fell 6 times, but it was the day after a moderate rain. Amazing views and a great first New England hike.

Awesome must-do hiking experience.

Good hike, dogs welcome!

Awesome hike!

Great hike. Basically a straight line up from the trailhead. Great views up top. Trail markers can be hard to find at times.

This should be rated as moderate, good view atop the tower.

Did Black Snout and Shaw with my husky Sable yesterday via the Gorilla trail. Great short cut to Black Snout and Shaw, but most of it is steep and lacks many Blue blazes, so take your time!

hiking
1 month ago

We were reminded today about proper preparation for hiking in the Whites. From the trailhead it looked like a nice crisp October day hiking thru the wet leaves. But soon we encountered crunchy snow and by the time we reached the cabin we were trudging thru snow about a foot deep. Wisely we skipped the south peak and backtracked. On the way down we came upon a beautiful freshly cut trail to the new parking lot on Dundee Road. Kudos to the trail builders from Jackson. Just a quick reminder to our fellow trekkers. Be prepared for the unexpected, and adjust your hike to the conditions.

Mike Simoneau

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.

Very nice moderate hike. Views of the lake at various spots on way up. Summit has views north and I’m told if you continue off the summit on the Ridge Line Trail there are nice views north about a mile or so down. Enjoyable hike... would definitely do it again in the future.

hiking
1 month ago

Boulder Loop is a great intro to the White Mtns. The solidly moderate 900' ascent and gentle descent are a good workout, rewarded by spectacular views from the ledges up top. Our knees hurt the next day - but we're getting old. ;-) Hiking shoes and trekking poles advised.

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