Explore the most popular birding trails in Belknap Mountain State Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
17 hours ago

More “moderate” than “easy” but is well marked and has great payoff.

nice views for such a short hike

I’ve hiked mount major a thousand times but I’ve never hiked over to straightback mountain, I’m so glad I did, it has amazing views and such a nice summit to just sit and relax for a little while.

Definitely not “easy” more moderate than anything else. Great trail, well marked.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous views with a lovely breeze at the top. Took 3 kids 2 adults and a puppy a little over an hour to summit. Steep to start but a good moderate hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Great, well marked trail but don’t let the rating fool you! Almost immediately, we went straight up and it did not relent until we reached the top! We followed red to the top. Coming down was also well marked and groomed. We followed orange down to the 2nd white junction and hung a left to head down white. White took us to a dirt road we took a left on that and we walked the road the rest of the way to our car! (The road was easy) I would say this aired on the side of moderate!

Beautiful view, as many blueberries as I could ever eat, and a good leg workout! The hike up is steep and rocky, but doable. Going down is harder. Against others’ advice, I would not see Mt Anna/West Quarry/etc. they are not real summits so to speak, more like posts in the ground surrounded by trees that obscure every angle. Almost no traffic

A lovely, peaceful, and overall easy hike. There are a few good views along the way to the summits, especially the view of Winnipesaukee, which is very comparable to that of Major minus the huge crowds

hiking
2 months ago

well marked and varied terrain. beaver pond in the middle is a treat. it has very few views, but it does have one great view of the lake right before the first peak. went in late July and there were fields and fields of wild blueberries at and near the peaks! never very steep, but not a stroll in the park either. highly rec’d.

only saw three people on the wat up. on a friday. you can skip leg day at the gym after rhe hike too

2 months ago

typical Bellknap range hike, easy to moderate effort for great views.

hiking
2 months ago

I love to do hikes alone but sometimes get a little nervous when it is not marked well. No problems with that on this trail, very well marked! Bring some empty containers in case you time it right with the wild blueberries. Still some small ones at the top but definitely at the end of their season.

2 months ago

Great weather. Good company. Trails good. Up boulder trail. Down blue trail. Blue trail could be better marked.

hiking
2 months ago

360 views

hiking
2 months ago

Lots of blueberries!

This is a great and challenging hike. Did the full 10 miles with my wife and dog yesterday. I'd recommend bringing a map with you because you'll be changing trails frequently, and some trails, especially the white trail, are not marked very well. ALSO: Check yourself and your pets VERY thoroughly for ticks, we've found almost 20 on the 3 of us since last night.

I came here with my older sister and my dog, expecting to hike the full 10 miles but we ended up taking the wrong trail down from the summit of Mount Major but it was definitely worth it. We took the boulder trail up to the summit and it had a breathtaking view of lake Winnepesaukee (probably not spelled right). Our 10 year old dog enjoyed the hike every step of the way and she was leading us the whole time. I would really recommend this hike to anyone because the view from Mount Major is well worth the hike to the top.

Find little hike with the family and pet friendly

I messed up thinking I was crossing Quarry Trail. I was confused by dashed line not appearing under the second loop on all trails map, indicating a TRAIL, so I thought I was continuing on the orange section that was not the easiest and not travelled (not so much a trail) just prior to hitting Quarry Trail. I started at noon but if I started a little earlier, perhaps I wouldn’t have bailed on the extra 4mi and elevation gain. I was attempting both loops CCW not figure 8. Great weather. Nice time. I will return to get this right. Printed map, from website, showed Quarry Trail as dashed, not sure if it would read Quarry Trail if I had zoomed in further, red trail on map does not match dashed trails exactly. I had used iPhone to guide me thru the hike and when I reached junction of orange/Quarry, I zoomed in but no dash and no trail name on screen.
In addition to pink (Cucuit), no dash and no trail name on zoomed map on iPhone-I was recording the track and when I went 20-50ft “right” on the Quarry Trail and you can see my track (red) is perpendicular to the pink giving further indication that I was supposed to cross the Quarry Trail not take it. This was only the second hike I used All Trails and recorded the track. More prep time and planning might have eliminated any doubts at that intersection.

Great trail! Lovely creek, pretty vistas, well marked! But I would argue with the easy rating! Steep climbs both up and down.

Hiked with my 6 and 10 year old.

Piper has a pretty steady incline for the 1st quarter mile but mostly levels out. The most interesting part of the summit is all of the rocks turned into benches, chairs, and table at the top. The view is okay but not great.
The connector trail between Whiteface and Piper is a big elevation drop.
The Whiteface trail is a shared trail with an ATV trsil making blazes unnecessary. There is a lot of loose rock kicked up by the motorized vehicles. We saw atleast a dozen lady slippers along the trail. Bring your bug spray the mosquitos were thick and we found several ticks on us.
The summit from Whiteface is 360 but you're not much above the forest canopy so the views are lack luster.

We went down the traditional trail for Whiteface and walked back to the carriage rd trailhead for Piper, Belknap, and Gunstock. We didn't have much of a desire to resummit Piper.

hiking
3 months ago

Very easy from Belknap Mt Rd parking. Nice views from top

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. Challenging a bit for us 'old folks' but it's about the journey! Not a fan of the last part being a paved road (that hurt the most). Black flies were relentless but to be expected. A great day overall!

Great. I'd definitely do it again. nice hike.

Nice way to get to Major and avoid the crowds. Saw no one until I was nearing the summit, and the trail itself is wide and well-marked.

Recent trail work is nice.

nice hike

I've hiked Mt Major 10 times now. Going early week nights are the best to avoid the Disney land line of people. last night 4/23/18 was my first time getting lost in the woods in the dark. To the point we considered calling for help. We lost the yellow trail coming down in the dark. Our hike started before sunset, we finally made it back to the parking lot at 1am. It was a great adventure

hiking
5 months ago

Great little hike, trails and summits well marked with blazes and cairns. There is still snow on most of the trail. Traction is not necessary but definitely makes the hike easier. I drive an old sedan and had no issue with making it to the trailhead parking.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail. Very well marked (blue). Panoramic views.

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