Concord: Mount Major Loop

Climb to the top of a rocky summit above island-dotted Lake Winnipesaukee on this popular 3.8-mile loop in the Belknap Mountains.
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Climb to the top of a rocky summit above island-dotted Lake Winnipesaukee on this popular 3.8-mile loop in the Belknap Mountains.

Mapped by Ed Wheeler

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.1

Waypoints

MAJ001

Location: 43.5193290710449, -71.2733535766602

Two trailheads start from parking area--choose Boulder Loop Trail (on SW end) and start SW climb

MAJ002

Location: 43.5145683288574, -71.2776489257812

Bear R; orange-blazed trail winds S and traverses wooded slopes

MAJ003

Location: 43.5097694396973, -71.2789688110352

Trail curves SW for continued uphill trek

MAJ004

Location: 43.508918762207, -71.2850189208984

Turn R, climbing N. Ahead, traverse open ledges to gain Major?s summit

MAJ005

Location: 43.5135307312012, -71.2872161865234

Mt. Major (1,786 ft.): Ledgy summit is perfect for taking in views of wooded isles that speckle Lake Winnipesaukee's azure waters. Haze-free days reveal White Mtns. rising faintly behind lake. Next, descend (SW) on trail

MAJ006

Location: 43.5123443603516, -71.2890701293945

Stay R @ Y, descending W on rock ledges (trail on L leads to col between Mt. Major and Straightback Mtn.)

MAJ007

Location: 43.5123748779297, -71.2946624755859

Continue descent, heading N away from col

MAJ008

Location: 43.5168533325195, -71.295539855957

Path leads NE down a ravine, paralleling a brook

MAJ009

Location: 43.5230331420898, -71.2885360717774

Turn R (E) @ T onto road running through woods

MAJ010

Location: 43.5221672058106, -71.2811965942383

Contour E and cross small saddle

MAJ011

Location: 43.521785736084, -71.2786636352539

Stay straight @ 3-way, then begin final descent to finish loop