Brook Trail

MODERATE 47 reviews
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Brook Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Alton, New Hampshire that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1122 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
2 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!

hiking
3 months ago

Yellow trail/Brook trail on the way up. Crosses a few streams. Erosion is prevalent, path is often off to to sides. Fantastic views and large open space at top. Well worth it! Blue trail/Main trail on the way down. Steep rock face on way down at top becoming rocky and eroded on way down. Careful footing a must. Around 4.5 miles.

hiking
5 months ago

Pros: the view at the top is gorgeous. The summit is festooned with wild blueberries. Great trail for kids and families. Would be easy to do the summit of Straightback Mtn in the same day, from the same parking area.

Cons: serious erosion on the trail, no doubt from all the traffic. If you do this hike, understand that it's crowded and heavily used, and is not a "wilderness" hike. That said, I jumped off the main Brook trail to the Jesus Valley trail (the longest route to the summit, shown here as "Snowmobile Trail" and it was a lovely break from the crowds; made the hike a 7m roundtrip vs. 3.8.
Overall: if you've got young ones or want a less strenuous hike on a popular trail AND A BEAUTIFUL VIEW at the top, try it! :)

hiking
6 months ago

If you have bad knees and going down is harder than going up, take the Boulder trail first, then the Brook Trail, and end on the Main Trail.

hiking
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

I usually hike the little trails at Major as I'm not a fan of the mountain stampedes....hence my rating is not 5. This trail has great views, some challenges on the southern part and is easy to follow. I'm a huge fan of all the trails at Major and encourage anyone to try some of the little ones you see heading out from the bottom of the Brook trail. (Bee Line...A Line etc.) Look for the Man of Major: Art!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

great climb

hiking
Monday, March 28, 2016

Ended up being 4.5 miles. Did the Boulder Loop (orange) to the summit and Brook Trail (yellow) down to where it connects to the Main Trail (blue). Great views from the top. Great for dogs. Would recommend starting with Boulder (left at the parking lot) if going to do that trail.

hiking
Monday, August 24, 2015

Busy trail. Lots of families and dogs

hiking
Thursday, July 30, 2015

Lots of people. OK view.

hiking
Sunday, July 05, 2015

Crowded, there is also trash in a lot of areas and a lot of dogs

geocaching
Saturday, July 04, 2015

Fantastic 360 view at the top. A great finale to the summit with the option to scale a small cliff. Some heavy erosion midway along the trail.

hiking
Sunday, September 02, 2012

Great hike with excellent views. At the start of the trail there are some large rocks perfect for bouldering. Trail gives you an option to take Mt Major or Mt Switchback both of which have great views.

hiking
1 month ago

2nd time. Beautiful panoramic summit!

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