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Outing: Mount Major- History, Forests & Wildlife (Mt. Major)



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    3.6 miles


Welcome to Mount Major! Mount Major is THE most popular hiking destination in the Lake Region, with an estimated 80,000 people visiting annually to hike to the 1786’summit for the spectacular views. Visit the kiosk to look at the hiking trail map and tips for a safe hike. This route will take you up the Main Trail (blue) 1.5 miles to the summit, and return via the more gradual 2.1 mile Brook Trail (yellow). Along the way, we will point out a few interesting features of the landscape, natural and cultural history. The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (Forest Society) launched a campaign to permanently protect private land on and adjacent to Mt. Major launched in 2012. In 2013 to 2014, The Forest Society in partnership with the Lakes Region Conservation Trust raised $1.8 M to protect a total of 980 acres at Mount Major, Quarry Mountain and in the Moulton Valley in the heart of the Belknap Range. We’ve come a long way towards protecting these natural areas and trail systems, but there is still more work to do, and efforts to protect additional land are underway. To learn more, visit