Mount Major Southern Loop Trail (Orange to Blue)

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Major Mountain State Forest

Mount Major Southern Loop Trail (Orange to Blue) is a 2.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Alton Bay, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length2.9 miElevation gain1,112 ftRoute typeLoop
kid friendlyHikingRunningDog friendlyForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyScramble
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Mount Major Via Boulder Trail And Brook Trail. In the winter months microspikes are recommended as the trail can be packed and icy.

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Elaine Laine
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Eric S
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Great distance for a winter hike, I just wish I had gone up the Main trail and down the Orange trail, the main trail was a little steep and my spikes lost traction. Gorgeous view!

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Tim Pratt
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Stephen Bobotas
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The trail was snow packed with sections of ice underneath. We did not have micro spikes so we stayed on the yellow trail to the top and back. Going up was fine for footing but descending led to some slippery footing. Spikes or crampons definitely recommend.

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Lori Gress
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Making the most of the bone-cold days! Took our time on this one so my hiking partner could try out her new camera equipment. Went up Blue and down Orange. Glad to have micro spikes!

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Richard Lipari
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Clark Edwards
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Nice hike, beautiful weather. Definitely need microspikes on the blue trail.

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Steve I
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Beautiful view of Lake Winnipesaukee from the summit! Well worth the hike. We went up the Main (blue) trail and came down the Boulder Loop (orange) trail. I highly recommend this direction when the trails are icy like they were today. We wore microspikes all the way and needed them. Some hikers were bare boots and most of them were struggling with the ice.

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Alex Perry
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Took Anna's loop up and Blue back down. Spikes are a must!

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Dane Lengerman
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Fantastic conditions with just some small ice. Micro spikes make the trip more enjoyable

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Ian Wilson
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Definitely need microspikes for either trail

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Jackie Potvin
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Great hike! Spikes are a MUST. Got to parking lot around 9am and it was almost empty. But packed when we finished around 12

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Olivia Flewelling
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KF Twan
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Went up Blue and down Orange, had no issues with that route, but I can't see anything wrong with going up Orange and down Blue. The trail was nicely packed down for the most part with a bit of ice/hard snow on the steeper inclines. Had hiking boots with microspikes, helped out a ton. I probably wouldn't do it without microspikes, but my friend w/o them made it up just fine, slipping just a bit here and there. Good time.

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Brett Bowersox
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Cheri Haire
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Michael McGonnigle
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Underprepared. Only had running shoes, hiking boots w/ micro spikes would have made much more enjoyable

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Megan Williams
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Snowy and mild incline, great view!

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Jake Jacob
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My brother and I hiked Mount Major yesterday 12/3...we hiked the loop counter-clockwise, so Blue to Orange. This seems more logical given the icy conditions and the steeper sections ascending the blue trail to the summit. Arrived at the lot 8:15 am, it was nice and quiet.. in fact we only saw one or maybe two people on the hike up, and had the summit all to ourselves. Temps were chilly and wind was howling on the summit, but absolutely gorgeous blue skies and sunshine. Great views of the Lake, the Sandwich Range and beyond on this Crystal-clear day. The first section of the blue blaze trail is not that interesting as it’s essentially a dried-out stream gully with strewn rock boulders. About 3/4 mile in, the trail turns left , south, and up towards the summit. Eventually you reach ledge, some slick conditions and spikes would have been useful. We carefully navigated around no prob. The orange blaze trail on the descent is really nice, with southern exposure, boulder scrabbles and rocks plus quite a bit of water wet conditions due to the heavy rain earlier in the week. This was fun to get out and about on a 30 degree winters day.

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Jessica Pham
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Carter Long
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Tara + John Ziegler
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Some black ice higher on trail. Had the summit to ourselves this morning!

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Allison Fudge
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This review is for those of you who don't regularly climb mountains. If you're in shape and had the thought that maybe today I'll adventure to an "easy" mountain to try it, this is for you. Saw the recommendation in another review to start/go up the blue trail and down the orange. Highly highly second this. Blue trail- starts with a mild accent with rocks. If you can't handle these rocks in the beginning turn back. Because these rocks are play things compared to what's coming. There's a lull in the middle section where things get flat for a bit which is nice. And then the real work starts. The trail to top blue side is climbing over rocks the entire way. When you are think you are at the top - think again. You've got another 20 minutes to go and the climbing that last bit is challenging - we hiked in Nov so it was icy in spots. Top has the remains of a rock hut so you'll know you made it. The trail is not as well marked in this top section - we did almost end up off trail, but luckily there were other people around to redirect us. Orange trail - much more gradual, rocks in the middle. There is 1 steep rock wall in the middle. There and a few other spots you're likely to go down on your butt unless you're more confident climber/hiker. In the fall it is slick on the leaves and actually easier if you stay on the rocks. I did a fair amount of slipping. This trail is well marked (at least coming down direction). Over all - in my opinion- this trail is work and not for the faint of heart. Avid climbers will love it. And the views are pretty, but for those of us average folks, I think we might get more than we bargained for.

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James Paquin
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Nathan Clark
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