Manchester, NH: Mt. Major Loop

Take this easy 3.8-mile loop for soaring views over one of New Hampshire's most famous lakes.

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Car-size boulders dot the approach trail to Mt. Major’s 1,786-foot summit, which overlooks Lake Winnipesaukee’s island-speckled expanse. Take it all in on this 3.8-mile, beginner-friendly loop.

Miles from city center: 45

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.1



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


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


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Trail curves SW for continued uphill trek


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


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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


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


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Continue descent, heading N away from col


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Path leads NE down a ravine, paralleling a brook


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


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Contour E and cross small saddle


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