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The reason for the 4 stars is that, when you park (across the street from trail) there is no info to direct you across the street. So my hubby and I saw a trail at the lot and started walking. We finished in 30 mins with no views and very unstable and rocky unmaintained trails. We tried again thinking we should have went to the right instead of the left. Well, that didn’t work either and we were misplaced for about 30 minutes!! We Finally found our way out of the dark wet woods. Got back to the lot and saw some people walking down the street with a dog, so we followed them!! Well Well, there’s the trail!! We had almost given up!! I’m glad we didn’t. The view at the top was Spectacular!!! The trail starts off beautiful, then gets very narrow but still easy, all in all, it was was a great hike and I would def recommend it!!!

1 month ago

quick & easy

While I was in the area, to drop off my daughter for college in Boston, I treated myself with a couple of hikes in New Hampshire. All I can say is, that 2 days of hike in the area it’s not enough, have to go back soon! Did the blue trail up, and the yellow down. Amazing view!

NIGHT HIKE - I had not hiked Mount Major since I was a child, so it was almost a brand new experience for me. The erosion on the Main Trail is CRAZY - like walking with tree roots at eye level in some places. I always like to include in my reviews that I still consider myself to be a pretty novice hiker, in moderate shape with some sports injuries (knee, ankles). Some guidebooks grade Major as EASY and that's not 100% the case. It's MOSTLY EASY, until you get to a handful of slabs at the end. Me and my pup (who is way more agile than me) had to navigate portions very slowly and carefully to make it to the top - and I had to resort to some rock climbing knowledge in order to do so.

All in all though - this was a BLAST to hike in the dark. I know that it's a popular spot, so it was super fun to have the summit all to ourselves. The weather was perfect and we enjoyed some hot chocolate at the top!

Amazing view at the top. Panoramic views of nearby mountains & lakes. Parking lot was overflowing but plenty of parking along main highway. Trails were very well marked. Took blue trail up, which became trickier about half way up, requiring hands in spots. Little kids & dogs may need boosts up some rocks/boulders. Took orange trail down which seemed to have less bouldering than blue trail. The rocks/boulders up top could definitely be slippery in rain which would totally change the experience. I went on a beautiful day and had a truly great hike! I

Quick, easy hike with a fantastic payoff.

I’ve hiked mount major a thousand times but I’ve never hiked over to straightback mountain, I’m so glad I did, it has amazing views and such a nice summit to just sit and relax for a little while.

Nice hiking trail.

View at the top is gorgeous! Trail was a little rough, steep, rocky.

Excellent trail for kids and new hikers. About 20-30mins each way. Wear pants, there seems to be quite a bit of poison ivy along many of the narrow paths up the trail. Also the trail head is about 200ft up the road from the parking lot on the opposite side of the road. I included a photo of the trail head. Evelyn & Albert Morse Preserve is the actual trail head you want to use. Enjoy

nice easy hike. great view. too bad some dipshit with a drone was there that day. kinda put a damper on the 'out with nature' vibe. lots of people. probably 2-3 hrs round trip at medium pace.

Great little hike with views of Lake Winnepausaukee along with Belnap and Ossipee ranges at the summit. Wider trail at the bottom leads to single track (some areas where brush is close on both sides) as you get up the trail. Well marked with yellow blazes.and easy to follow as the trail is well used.

Beautiful view, as many blueberries as I could ever eat, and a good leg workout! The hike up is steep and rocky, but doable. Going down is harder. Against others’ advice, I would not see Mt Anna/West Quarry/etc. they are not real summits so to speak, more like posts in the ground surrounded by trees that obscure every angle. Almost no traffic

It really was not young family friendly. My family had hiked this before and the conditions over the past several years deteriorated remarkably. Actually could not even relax until we hit the summit due to the trail hazards. Mount Major Erosion!

only saw three people on the wat up. on a friday. you can skip leg day at the gym after rhe hike too

3 months ago

Great weather. Good company. Trails good. Up boulder trail. Down blue trail. Blue trail could be better marked.

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. :)

This is a great and challenging hike. Did the full 10 miles with my wife and dog yesterday. I'd recommend bringing a map with you because you'll be changing trails frequently, and some trails, especially the white trail, are not marked very well. ALSO: Check yourself and your pets VERY thoroughly for ticks, we've found almost 20 on the 3 of us since last night.

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.

I came here with my older sister and my dog, expecting to hike the full 10 miles but we ended up taking the wrong trail down from the summit of Mount Major but it was definitely worth it. We took the boulder trail up to the summit and it had a breathtaking view of lake Winnepesaukee (probably not spelled right). Our 10 year old dog enjoyed the hike every step of the way and she was leading us the whole time. I would really recommend this hike to anyone because the view from Mount Major is well worth the hike to the top.

I messed up thinking I was crossing Quarry Trail. I was confused by dashed line not appearing under the second loop on all trails map, indicating a TRAIL, so I thought I was continuing on the orange section that was not the easiest and not travelled (not so much a trail) just prior to hitting Quarry Trail. I started at noon but if I started a little earlier, perhaps I wouldn’t have bailed on the extra 4mi and elevation gain. I was attempting both loops CCW not figure 8. Great weather. Nice time. I will return to get this right. Printed map, from website, showed Quarry Trail as dashed, not sure if it would read Quarry Trail if I had zoomed in further, red trail on map does not match dashed trails exactly. I had used iPhone to guide me thru the hike and when I reached junction of orange/Quarry, I zoomed in but no dash and no trail name on screen.
In addition to pink (Cucuit), no dash and no trail name on zoomed map on iPhone-I was recording the track and when I went 20-50ft “right” on the Quarry Trail and you can see my track (red) is perpendicular to the pink giving further indication that I was supposed to cross the Quarry Trail not take it. This was only the second hike I used All Trails and recorded the track. More prep time and planning might have eliminated any doubts at that intersection.

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.

Nice way to get to Major and avoid the crowds. Saw no one until I was nearing the summit, and the trail itself is wide and well-marked.

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

5 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.

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