Mt Major & Quarry Mountain NH

• 5-star hike
• 2.7 to 7.4 mile options
• Medium difficulty | Gain 1,090 to 1,970 feet
• Lakes Region | Alton NH
• Driving Directions: Trailhead

Just off Alton Bay at the South end of Lake Winnipesaukee is the rightfully popular hike to the summit of Mount Major, providing spectacular views across the whole lake region eleven hundred feet below. We've traced several summit hikes of Mount Major for you to choose from in ascending length and difficulty.

The easiest routes still involve a thousand foot of elevation gain, but the views are the best bang-per-foot that you'll likely find in New Hampshire. There's a shorter 2.7 mile out-and-back route on the main trail, and you can convert that into a loop if you don't mind a few rock scrambles as well as the extra 0.2 miles. For a longer route you can tackle the East and West peaks of Quarry Mountain first, enjoying the solitude and saving the Mount Major crowds for later. Saving the summit of Mount Major until last is a great reward for your hike, but also means you’ll get better views later in the day once the sun is behind you. You could also add Mount Anna, too, but I'd leave that to the peak baggers since it has no discernable summit or elevation difference from the Main Trail.

The Mount Major trails area mercifully light on rocks and tree roots compared with the typical New Hampshire trail, and the Quarry Mountain route includes a surprising amount of flat trail. This does mean however that some sections get boggy at times, but even though we’d had recent rains the trail and stream crossings were fairly easy to navigate. We rated this trail as medium difficulty, but be mindful there are several short rock scramble sections (except on the Main Trail).

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Trail Descriptions & Phone Navigation:

Main Trail Out & Back | 5★, 2.7mi, 1,090ft | AllTrails | The most direct and easiest route to the top of the mountain, short of chartering a helicopter. This is an out-and-back route of Main Trail.

Mt Major Loop | 5★, 2.9mi, 1,100ft | AllTrails | Only slightly longer than the previous route, but the rocky Boulder Loop Trail on the South side of the mountain adds a little difficulty.

Mt Major & Quarry Mountain | 5★, 7.4mi, 1,970ft | AllTrails | Our favorite way around the area combining Mount Major with an additional further five peaks, a varied array of terrain and even more viewpoints, but with only around two thousand feet in total elevation gain and without a leg-burning climb in sight.

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• AllTrails Public Links: Main Trail | Major Loop
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