Explore the most popular hiking trails near Alton Bay with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I have hiked this a few times now. And although there are some tricky spots that are steep overall it’s a good hike. It’s short but has an awesome reward with the view at the top. Good for beginners, kids and dogs. Would recommend going during a weekday to avoid crowding.

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

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!

Beautiful views of Lake Winnipesaukee. Hiked with five kids, 10,7,6,4,3. Was a bit steep in places, but not too difficult if you're a regular hiker. We hiked back down after dark, which I wouldn't recommend, trail is highly eroded.

Started at the Jesus Valley trailhead. Took Snowmobile (red), then Main (blue) all the way up to Straightback Mountain. This trail well earns it's name. As soon as we started on the trail it was a mile straight up. The first 2 miles took us 2 hrs. At the top of Straightback we took Main (blue) over to Brook (yellow), then back to Snowmobile (red) to get back down to the trailhead. It was super foggy the day we went but I'm sure the views would have been pretty nice from the top. I will go back but I would not take the blue trail up again.

I was honestly not as impressed with this hike as I thought I would be. We took the blue trail up, which was slightly steep but was also pretty slick on the rock parts. We went down the yellow trail which was either all mud or flowing water. Towards the end of the hike there were crowds of people starting up the trail. The view at the top was awesome and worth it since the hike was decently short and easy but not as difficult as I expected

Very good trail for hiker enthusiasts. Semi difficulties at some rocky spots. The view on the top is amazing. Will do again

Really pretty hike, great views. Any age can climb. Takes about 1.5-3 hours.

Great views from the top and a few spots on the way. We went up the blue trail and came back the yellow. Very crowded in the lot but not terrible on the trail. Assent was rockier and more difficult than I anticipated but loved it and totally worth it.

Ahhh what an amazing view at the top! This hike is a must! We went up the blue trail which was pretty rocky but made it interesting and on the way down we went with the yellow trail which was way more relaxed, not rocky at all, it follows a pretty stream down (definitely easier in your knees)! The loop took us 3 hrs with some time at the top. I wouldn’t recommend hiking this with a baby on your back unless you did strictly the yellow trail... after hiking all season with my child I was glad I didn’t have her for this one. Overall very nice hike... fall time is busy but we went early enough where we didn’t really get stuck in any crowds... however when we got back to the parking lot it was full along with each side of the road with cars for about a mile - it was crazy!

Great hike up on the blue trail. Beautiful views of the lake from summit. Yellow trail down was more gentle on the knees. What a day spent with ling-time friends

Beautiful views

Beautiful views, but weekend crowds made it feel like we were hiking in a stream of people. The summit is spacious, so it is possible to tuck away into a more private spot to enjoy the epic scenery. Orange trail down is less crowded and steep, very fun to hop your way down the giant rocks and crevices.

Stunning view

Love this hike! It’s one of my favorites. Parking is great and the trails are great. Views at the top are stunning and well worth the climb. However, I personally do not recommend this hike in the winter. It is doable, but even with spikes the icy rocks made it very difficult to climb up and even more difficult and quite dangerous to get back down. Views in winter were awesome though!!

21 days ago

Easy to Moderate until you reach Precipice West, which is hard! Precipice West has a mad rock scramble up a backwoods (small) waterfall, some cliff edging, and some general forest hiking. If you are afraid of heights, or not prepared for a rock scramble (think bouldering), try another trail up Mt. Anna. Views are lovely from Precipice West. This was a nice combo hike - some rolling terrain, then a hard climb, a moderate descent, back to rolling terrain. As a note, park at the Boy Scout Camp by the Administration Building, and hike into the camp following the yellow blazes and signs to Sunset Waterfront. At the waterfront, you can pick up the trail by continuing to follow the red blazes.

Amazing view. Moderate hiking.

28 days ago

great views!

Such a fun and manageable hike! Definitely recommend going up the blue an down the yellow, because the blue gets a little steep at the top! Such gorgeous views at the summit!!

Beautiful views from the top!!! Climb was OK, not too difficult and not too exciting. We did it VERY slowly - 4hrs (instead of what it should have taken 2hrs) total with 1.5hr of rest on the top and in between as one of us had injured ankle the day before on the other trail. Lots of people on the trail, but it didn't bother us, mostly young people, one group were likely professional dancers who once reached to the top played music and danced. That was kind of cool.

Beautiful View

very fun trail with great views. Crowded, but then again, the best ones are.

we did the blue trail up, yellow down in about 2 hours including lunch at the top. It was a great hike with beautiful views and my dogs are now exhausted.

I did yellow trail up, blue trail down. The yellow trail was a perfect level of difficulty. The summit was beautiful. I went on a 90 degree sunny day so I did not stay up top for long, but it would be a great summit to have lunch and stay awhile. The blue trail down was very steep. The hikers who were walking up it were some of the most soaked with sweat, panting people I've seen lately. Entire trail is well marked and it's basically impossible to get off trail.

Very little effort for great views!

Hiked in reverse: Anna-Mack-Klem-Rand-W. Quarry-E. Quarry-Straightback. Missed the turn off of W. Quarry to cross over on the Yellow blazed (Marsh Crossing) trail. The Quarry Mountains were difficult - the trails were not well marked in some areas and were very steep (put the trekking poles away and use your hands, kind of steep). Views were limited: there are vista views on Mack and Klem, but you have to out-and-back on the Round Pond trails to find them. Encountered only one other hiker (lightly trafficked). While missing the turn was frustrating to no end, the whole loop made for a great hike and was like a HIIT workout!

1 month ago

Took the blue trail up, yellow down. Roundtrip took about 2 hours with beautiful views @ the top of the mountain. Mostly in the woods until the last 5-10mi s. Blue is steep as you get above the tree line with rocks but plenty of young children and dogs on the path so not too strenuous.

trail running
1 month ago

It was a nice quick run. It was hard going up the face(blue trail), but I was able to run 90% of it. I went up blue and came down yellow. Next time I will go yellow both ways.

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