Explore the most popular forest trails in Mount Major State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

awesome trail, not very well marked at the peak. The dog's loved it.

Lots of graffiti, rude tourists and trash everywhere. Nice view of the lake but there are lots of other places nearby without the crowds, noise and trash.

It's a good hike, however it is not very well marked.

Loved this trail! Views from the summit are amazing!

Starts off easy, gets progressively steeper until there is some rock scrambling near the end, but nothing too difficult. You start getting views about 1.2 miles up, and the panorama at the summit is incredible. I would recommend a different trail for the descent, such as the Brook Trail.

Great trails, well marked.

Short scrambly bit near the top, but otherwise very easy. Lovely view from the top, and the ruins if the old hut were great for taking a break out of the wind.

Nice hike to the top of Mount Major. It starts gradually, then gets increasingly steeper until a little scrambling at the end. You start getting views part way up, and at the summit, there are great vistas of the Lakes Region, the White Mountains, and even Mount Washington on a clear day. Descends via the Boulder Loop Trail, which starts off easy, but lives up to its name in the middle section. The Boulder Loop Trail can be very wet (literally a stream) after a rainstorm.

Very slippery. Crampons or snowshoes help.

A great winter hike we did the main trail (blue) and the orange trail, took about 2 hours with snow, microspikes needed in some areas. Yaktracks weren't enough on the sheer ice.

Not sure what happened to the gps but the mileage is wrong.

Hiked with my 5 and 9 year old. The parking lot is almost always full spring through early fall which is why we went up at the end of November. The trail was still busy. We saw people ending their hike as we started up around 10 am. We saw people through out the trail and summit and we saw people starting their trek as we were leaving at 2pm. Now imagine that when its not in the lower 30's with heavy wind.

For as often as this trail gets used I was surprised at its difficulty level. This trail really is moderate. It is by no means easy. Completely do-able but not a simple walk in the forest. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone younger then 5 or 6, or for anyone really out of shape.

The first .5 miles are a steady incline with a brief flat section then back to incline for another .5 miles and finally a full scramble for the last .25 miles.

We had ice on all the flat rock faces and the scramble portions. There were sections where we had to go "off trail" and walk in parallel with the blazed section to avoid ice. My 9 year old who never needs help needed assistance in some sections. I'm sure this wouldnt matter in a warmer month.

Over all its a great half day hike with a pretty good pay off at the peak. I would choose the trails in the Ossipee range (Mt. Roberts, Bald Knob, etc...) across the lake if you're looking for better views of the lake. You'll also encounter far less people.

Took my three boys on their first hike, and we completed the blue trail, very friendly and family atmosphere!

Hard but worth it. Take the long way from the Mt Major parking lot for added distance.

Quick, fairly easy—but rigorous enough to make you feel accomplished. The summit is large and really stunning all around. Just wish there weren’t so many people.

6 months ago

We tried accessing the trail off Mount Major Highway, onto Jesus Valley Road (turns into a dirt road), about 500 feet before the trail mark, there were signs up for private property, no trespassing on both sides of the road. We had to tie a round and were not able to access trail from there. Just a heads up...

Took the red up and orange blazes down. Much better than parking at busy Mt Major trail. Take the dirt trail next to the private driveway then look for the red trail sign.

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6 months ago

Nice views at the top of Mt. Major after a nice relaxing hike :) We chose the less steep route up, and coming down the steeper side wasn’t bad at all.

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6 months ago

2nd time. Beautiful panoramic summit!

Beautiful views, especially in the fall!! Trail is a bit crowded with other hikers.

beautiful hike!!

Be careful going down to get the right trail. I took Orange Trail instead and WOW

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6 months ago

I loved this trail! Not too difficult at any point, nice and shaded, and the views of Lake Winnipesaukee and the White Mountains from the top are incredible. I liked going up the Brook Trail (orange) and down the blue trail. I saw very few other people on the way up and was almost surprised at the crowd at the summit when I got there. Fantastic morning hike I hope to do again!

Excellent views from the top. Trail condition is pretty rough. Lots of exposed roots and loose rocks.

Fantastic hike with incredible views at the top. My favorite ~3 hour hike in NH!

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7 months ago

Some steep rocky sections but well worth it with amazing views at the summit.

We parked at the upper parking lot, and started there. It is about 1800 ft in elevation, and the peak is 2500 ft. We actually did the blue trail up, and the red down with our 7 year old daughter once again. It took us 2 hrs round trip with stops and and time at the peak, so it is a good afternoon hike. it is up all the way, but not super long from the parking lot

240 degree views from the summit and perfect views of the lake

Took the green trail up- very steep and difficult for those who have issues with joints (knees and ankles). The views from the top - you must climb the fire tower to see them - were AMAZING! Definitely worth the trip! We took the Blue trail down, which was a little longer, but less steep (still had some steep sections).

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