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

Took the Main Trail up and the Brook
Trail down. Fabulous! Glad I had good hiking boots as the footing was tricky.

easygoing trail with beautiful views on multiple terrains. little to no other hikers were on these narrow trails. look out for the yellow marks! blueberries and blueskies. :)

Absolutely breathtaking views. Easy hike, our two year old and teenager dogs easily ran up (though all are energetic), fantastic views, especially for such a simple hike. We ran into one other soul on the hike, we had the whole place to ourselves. From the road it is not marked as Pine Mtn, but as you go up Alton Mtn Rd, take a left onto Avery Hill Rd and the parking lot is immediately on your right. Go another 100ft along Avery Hill rd and the hike is on the opposite side. Caution on the loop, we looped down about a mile away from where we parked the car, I believe this is avoidable by doing a smaller loop than we did. Check for ticks, about ten on the dogs. This was an awesome hike.

Quick little hike with a great view of Alton Bay and Winny. Hiked with my dog and we moved pretty quickly - about 45min to the top.

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

on Pine Mountain via Avery Road

2 months ago

Nice views with little effort. Great first hike of the season for our 6 and 10 year old kids and dog. Trail note: when coming up the trail the path to right at the split is a flatter route to the top.

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.

Nice easy hike. Hit it between Nor'easters and had plenty of snow. Will be bringing the family back this summer to enjoy the great view of the lake with me. Like the mountain legend at the top. Labels for each mountain to be seen from Kearsarge to Tripyamids and beyond.

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.

Fairly easy hike. Used micro spikes due to ice. Great views.

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.

Awesome my 3 year old did great

Great little hike with spectacular view of winni and mountains to the north and east. Well marked. Trail head starts across and 200’ down the street from parking area.

Amazing view at the top! Easy and short hike.

8 months ago

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

8 months ago

2nd time. Beautiful panoramic summit!

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

Nice tail though needs widening.

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

Great little Mt. fast hike, good for whole family ,small kids also. Nice place to take lunch... needs to be added to ALLTRAILS LIST.

Great small Mt. hike , for whole family and small children . One of best views in the area. You can see lake Winnipesaukee and 3 Mt ranges. Belknap, Ossipee's, and Sandwich. only and hr. hike so take your time on top.

9 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.

10 months ago

If you want to hike Mt. Major without fighting the crowd. Try this back way up. Go to the end of Jesus Valley rd. Park on side of road. You start up Old Stage rd. for .1 of mile and pick up Jesus Valley trail ( red ) sign says to Straightback & Mt. Major. About 1.7 to top of Major. Then come down Boulder loop trail ( orange ) a little over mile and pick up Jesus Valley / Beaver pond trail (red ). this forms your loop.

10 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.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

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! :)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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.

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!

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