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Mount Major Reservation (Mt. Major)



**NOTE: You DO NOT need to register in advance or make reservations to hike at this property. **

A signed parking area on NH Route 11 in Alton welcomes you to the Mount Major trail network that leads to the summit of Mt. Major and other hiking destinations in the Belknap range. The summit of Mt. Major (1,786ft) offers views that are among the best in southern New Hampshire for the effort required.

Multiple trails (Mt. Major/Main Trail, Brook Trail, and Boulder Loop)lead to the summit providing options for a round trip hike ranging from3 to 3.9 miles. Be aware that the upper ledges are steep and dangerous in wet or icy conditions. The Brook Trail is a good alternative route insuch conditions and an option for a more gradual descent that offers views from the open west ridge that are not duplicated by the Mt. Major/Main trail.

Help us care for this property by following these guidelines during your visit:

  • This property is open dawn to dusk
  • Carry out all trash
  • Dogs must remain under control and owners must pack out all dog waste
  • No motorized wheeled vehicles
  • No camping
  • No campfires
  • Hunting and fishing are allowed
  • Leave natural and cultural features undisturbed
Allowed Activities
Cross Country Skiing
Dog Walking
Wildlife Watching
Good For

Additional Information

Winter Access

This parking lot is plowed during the winter.


Open dawn to dusk

Visitor Use Guidelines

Full list of use guidelines available HERE