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Hiked this on Sunday Dec 16, 2018. The trail was fairly packed but had some iced over spots. I wore micro spikes for the trip up the blue trail named Burnt Meadow Trail. I decided to come down that way as well, since the trail is very well marked. Be sure not to miss the little goat path under the short scrub pine as you go up. It gives you your first real view from a ledge. The parking lot at this time is a packed icy rink. If you don’t have 4x4 or AWD, I wouldn’t go in there. I got stuck. It was a great day with clear views toward Pleasant Mountain and others despite the partially cloudy forecast.
Of note, I saw a beautiful Pileated Woodpecker going from tree to tree and tapping a bit. Thankfully no bears or moose.

hiking
9 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.

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!

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.

Awesome!

Great day hike and close to home.

backpacking
1 month ago

This trail was awesome. It was definitely steeper than I thought it was going to be. The trail is well maintained and easy to follow. I took the time to find the plane crash on Belknap mountain. I wouldn’t attempt to find it unless you are absolutely sure of where you are and and confident in your ability to get back to the blue trail. (You have to leave the trail to find it.) I’ll definitely do it again!

Great views along the trail and from the fire tower and Gunstock Mountain.

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

Super easy hike. Did this with my daughter and puppy. Great views and easily done in an afternoon.

This was a great fall hike. I took the yellow trail up and wasn’t sure which trail I’d take down. The yellow trail is VERY hard to follow in quite a few places. This seemed to be the consensus as I said hello to other hikers as well. It’s gorgeous in the woods on this trail, so if you take your time and pay attention I would still recommend it. Because of this, I took the blue trail down, and was glad I did because this offered some variety and was a fun challenging way back down. Overall would highly recommend it. Beautiful, challenging, and great way to spend the day.

Second time doing the trail, I suggest doing the loop counter clockwise it’s fairly steep and rocky on the way up, it’s a bit challenging but nothing too bad, and the trail down is long but pleasant. The views are great, even before the summit. Certainly a fun hike

Went up blue trail and down the yellow. As others have said yellow is a little harder to follow especially in October with the leaves down HOWEVER I would 100% recommend coming down yellow for the views of snow capped white mountains.

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.

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.

WE FOUND A FITBIT AT THE TRAILHEAD on Saturday October 20th. It was right around 1pm when we began. If this is yours, please email me at marlanaujoks@gmail.com and I will mail it back to you.
The blue trail was well marked, steep at times, and overall a 5 star hike up, with outstanding views on the way up and at the summit. There is not a sign when you reach the summit, but it will be pretty obvious. The yellow trail, though lovely, was terrifying to head back down on due to the yellow paint marks being inconsistent in brightness and not being marked in areas where it should have been to keep folks from straying off the path. I would recommend giving yourself plenty of time to go down this train in case you get lost. I would give this particular trail 5 stars if it were clearly marked, and in a color other than yellow, so I'd give it 3 stars at this point. I hope it is changed in the future.

hiking
2 months ago

We had a wonderful hike with our pup. Not too easy. Not too hard. Good investment in time. Outstanding views from the top. Could have stayed up on the ledges for hours.

One of the best hikes in the Lake area. It is definitely more on the easy side, but it offers breathtaking views of the surrounding lakes with minimal effort.

great trail

dog loved it

hiking
2 months ago

We do this hike about ten times a year. The trail is a great morning get away. Only negative is to those of you that can't respect to dog leash rule, this weekend was a mess, enjoy the forest,,, respect the humans.

Beautiful hike. Took the blue trail up and the yellow back. There is an unmarked grassy trail leading down from the peak which we mistook for the yellow trail but turned back pretty quickly and found the correct trail. The markings on the yellow trail were very faded and at times difficult to spot, but as long as you stop for a minute you can regain your bearings pretty easily. We passed a bunch of friendly people on the blue trail but saw absolutely no one on the yellow trail.

What a view! Rocky, with boulders, and roots make this trail interesting. A few steep spots but overall steady inclines. It was hard to leaVe the ledges. The view was so beautiful. We had them all to ourselves on a Saturday, after 3:00. You have to go back to the trail each time you go explore the ledges.

Hiked this mountain two weekends in a row with friends. Last week we took the blue trail both ways. Great scramble and reasonably challenging climb, especially closer to the top. This week we took the yellow trail up, and the blue down. We had a great hike both times, and the view is beautiful with fall foliage. A couple of notes. 1) I (and my hiking companions) would not recommend the blue trail for small children or for dogs, unless your dog is extremely agile and energetic. There are sections that are extremely steep, and the rocks are jagged in a few places. 2) the yellow trail is a great walk, but extremely poorly blazed. I'm sure the trail was harder to find due to fallen leaves, but there were several points at which we had to keep one person at the last known blaze and send others in different directions to find the trail. Many times the trail made abrupt turns with no blazes marking the turn. It made for slow going on what would otherwise have been an easy to moderate walk through the woods. It's a longer way to the top, even without the frequent stops to make sure you're on the trail, but this is definitely the trail to take with kids and dogs. Overall a really fun hike! Also, for those who want more or less company while hiking, the blue trail is much more populated than the yellow.

Took the yellow trail up which was awesome for the dog lots of flowing water and big rocks to make it easy to climb up. After reaching the summit looped back down on blue, which was shorter but much steeper with a lot of smooth rock. To say the least it was not as enjoyable back down but the way up was great

This was a fun hike, trails are well maintained and blazed, until you get about 200 yards from the summit and the blazes are on rock and rather hard to find but makes for a fun climb. would rate it as moderate.

Fun hike

Beautiful views for minimal effort. Don't expect any challenge unless you are a very new hiker, the trail should be rated as easy. Gorgeous though!

hiking
2 months ago

Not one of my favorite hikes. Almost every step was on/around/over a rock or stump. Very rarely did my feet actually touch the ground. That made it a very difficult walk. There were a few places where the trail was poorly marked. The view at the top was beautiful, but the rest of the hike wasn’t picturesque.

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