Trails at Mt. Major

The Forest Society is dedicated to consistently improving the visitor experience — and natural resource protection — at Mt. Major.

 

In May 2024, we have an ambitious trail project planned that will greatly improve the sustainability of Mount Major's Main Trail, the most popular route up and down the mountain.

A map of the trail upgrade project for 2024.

 

The Forest Society is teaming up with Town 4 Trails Services and OBP Trailworks to construct a sustainable trail to take the place of about 1/3 mile of the existing Main/Blue Trail. The lower sections of the Main Trail include some extremely eroded sections, the result of steep grades on sub-optimal soil combined with thousands of footfalls annually. 

 

For decades, the soil eroding from these areas has been washing down the trail, into streams and directly into Lake Winnipesaukee across Route 11 from the Mt. Major parking area. In addition to being a more enjoyable hiking experience, the new trail section should also require much less maintenance over time. It will also be a major ecological improvement, reducing runoff and silting into Lake Winnipesaukee.  

 

While construction is underway, we may temporarily need to close a portion of the parking area and lower sections of the Main Trail, but there will always be some parking available and a marked route to the summit that is open to the public. Questions about the 2024 trail work at Mount Major can be directed to Dylan Summers, Stewardship Projects Manager, at dsummers@forestsociety.org.

 

Stay tuned for more updates!