Mount Major
Looking across Lake Winnipesaukee from the Mt. Major summit
Highest point
Elevation1,786 ft (544 m)[1]
Prominence186 ft (57 m)[1]
Coordinates43°30′49″N 71°17′14″W / 43.51351°N 71.28731°W / 43.51351; -71.28731Coordinates: 43°30′49″N 71°17′14″W / 43.51351°N 71.28731°W / 43.51351; -71.28731[2]
LocationAlton, Belknap County, New Hampshire, U.S.
Parent rangeBelknap Mountains
Topo mapUSGS West Alton

Mount Major is a mountain located in Alton, New Hampshire, south of Lake Winnipesaukee and northeast of Straightback Mountain in the Belknap Range.

The scenic, rocky summit is a popular hiking destination, accessible by multiple trails including the Mount Major Trail, the Brook Trail, and the Boulder Loop.

The north, east and south faces of Mount Major drain into Lake Winnipesaukee, thence via the Winnipesaukee River into the Merrimack River and finally into the Gulf of Maine in Massachusetts. The west ridge of Mount Major rises only 186 feet (57 m) feet above the col with the higher Straightback Mountain. The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests owns three parcels of land on the west, north, and east sides of the mountain.[3]

Panoramic view from Mount Major
Panoramic view from Mount Major

See also


  1. ^ a b "Mount Major, New Hampshire". Retrieved 2008-11-24.
  2. ^ "Mount Major". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2008-11-24.
  3. ^ "GRANITview—Conservation and Public Lands". Earth Systems Research Center, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (University of New Hampshire). Retrieved March 10, 2020.