2005-10-06 Mt Major, N.H.

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    2005-10-06 Mt Major, N.H.

    Date(s) Hiked: 2005-10-06



    Trails(s) Hiked: Mt. Major via Brook Trail up, Boulder Trail down

    Total Distance: 3.9 miles

    Difficulty: book says moderate, I say easy to moderate

    Conditions: foggy, then sunny, beautiful fall foilage

    Special Required Equipment: same as last trip, lunch, water, doggie, doggie leash, camera(brought this time), and food and water for doggie(Suzy)

    Trip Report:This makes my second hike by myself, well except for doggie(Suzy). She feels so left out if I don't bring her. Left home about 8:30am in light fog, arrived at trailhead about 9:15 - 9:30 or so, didn't pay too much attention to the time. It was still a little foggy, but it was starting to burn off. After getting our things together I think we actually got on the trail about 9:45....there-abouts.

    When I arrived at the parking lot there were two heavy set men that I thought were workers that were there paving the parking lot. Ended up, they asked if I was going up the Mtn....well yeah...isn't that what you usually do when you go someplace like that??? Seems they were intending to give it a shot, they asked me how long it took to reach the top. Well not thinking about their physical shape, I said about an hour....wasn't that they may not be quite up to par to do it in that amount of time. So, I said to them...."see you at the top"...and off I went. I think it took me about an hour....again, not really sure, I forgot to check the time.

    Now, I did this trail earlier in the week with someone I met last week at Blue Job Mtn. and thought I'd do it again alone since she couldn't come this time, besides on the last trip I forgot the camera and wanted to go back to get the pictures I missed out on. This Mtn. overlooks Lake Winnipesaukee. There was this one shot I really wanted...on the first trip, about 3/4 of the way up, we turned around to see the view and what we saw was pretty cool looking. The fog was hanging over the lake, so it looked like when your up in a plane looking down over the clouds. You could see some of the lake in the parts where the fog started to burn off.

    Well as I started up the trail, I was thinking okay, I think I can remember which way we went last time.....there are a few different routes up. It starts out with the trail marked in blue and another trail marked in yellow, up a ways. Also at the first juction there are sign posts marked Main trail and another marked Boulder trail. As I reached the juction, I couldn't for some reason remember which way we went....I was thinking that we took the yellow marked trail, so that's the way I went. Whoops, that wasn't the way we went last time...oh well.

    Most of the trail, up to this point, looked like just a wide open old road with loose rocks with portions of it gravelly, then it changes. Well this loop that I took this time, is a shallow walk along a stream on one side, with the "middle" part of the trail that looks like a washout. This runs to about a mile or so up near the top, then changes to some ledge outcrop mixed with berry bushes. The berries have already gone by. As I reach this section, I realize where I am....I was thinking, oh this must loop around the backside of the Mtn. to the peak. Just before the outcrop of ledges is another trail that goes over to another mountain peak called Straightback Mtn. I thought I might go check it out after I go up to the top of Mt. Major, but I didn't end up doing that....another time.

    On the top of Mt. Major is part of a foundation of some kind??? I'm not sure if it was part of a building or someone just built it??? It stands about 4' high with four sides with an open doorway. Inside in one corner is a makeshift fireplace. On two of the walls are slabs of rock for a seat. Interesting to see such a thing on the top of that mountain.

    While I was hanging around the top of the mountain a few other couples came and went. Then two women came up the trail I came up last time I was there. We started chatting and I asked them if they had passed the two men I saw in the parking lot. They thought that one of them was my husband, but I said no.... After we all had been hanging around for about 20 min. or so, they finailly reached the top. One of the guys was shaking....I was a little worried about him, thinking, he must've really strained himself coming up. The top section of that trail is kinda steep and not being in shape, that must've put a strain on him. He asked all of us if there was a easier trail to take back down. We all told him about the trail I came up. We all suggested that would be a good trail to go down, but it was a little longer, he said that's okay, just as long as it wasn't like the one he came up.

    The other two women and I started packing up to leave and decided to take the same trail together, the Boulder Trail. The women were concerned about going down the same trail, they had come up. I told them that there was another trail that had somewhat of a steep section, but not as bad as the one they came up and also there was some pretty neat stuff to see on that trail. Along the way down we met some more people coming up that way, they also had a dog. I've seen a lot of dogs on this mountain.

    This trail started off ledgy, along the top with more berry bushes. This must be awsome during blueberry season. We started down the steep section that also had some loose gravelly dirt and rocks, telling them that it's only for a short portion, then it levels out for a little bit, then some kinda steep portions. Along this trail are some rock outcroppings that hang over above us, then we reached the section I was telling them that was kinda neat. This has some rocks that form the shape of a V that you walk through and down through more rock outcrops. Some of the rock formation is pretty neat looking. After about a quarter of the way down this trail, it really levels out to just a nice walk through the woods, which they enjoyed quite a bit and were very happy to be talking this trail instead of the other one. I really didn't think the other trail was that bad and I'm a scardey cat.

    At the bottom of the trail, near the parking lot are a few bridges to cross, that cross some streams just before we reach the end. We exchange telephone numbers and e-mails so we may be able to get together for some more hikes together. I've been meeting more and more people along my hikes and finding more people to hike with.
    \"J\"

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    I have to keep peaks like this in mind for those shorter-drive days. It sounds *wonderful*.

    Didn't Daniel Doan write about Mt. Major?
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    I was told by some people I met up there on my first trip up, that people hike up on the 3rd of July to watch the fireworks. That must be a sight! Thetrailboss, do you know if overnight camping is allowed up there? No ones seems to know?? Just curious. From Mt. Major you can see a fire tower, that looks to be on top of Gunstock? A sign up there says, 12 miles....could be a nice overnighter up around that area??? I don't know, just asking the question.

    I like the closeness to my home for driving purposes, I don't have to spend a fortune and hours driving for just a nice quick juant up the mountain. Albiet, not a very strenous hike, but great views! Can't wait to get hubby up there! Poor guy, he hasn't been able to get there yet with me, he has to work while I take advantage of my unemployment situation for discovering some nice, short hikes.
    \"J\"

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    When I lived in Wolfeboro, I used to stop in and enjoy this hike after work...go up the east trail and down the west side...nice views of the lake when the sailboats are blowing around in the fall...it's also a nice snowshoe mountain to enjoy during the winter months...it's cool watching the planes go in & out of Alton Bay on the ice...
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    OMG, look what was in Sunday's Foster's paper:

    http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll...0008/-1/NEWS11

    Pretty cool. I thought this was very interesting. I love reading about hiking in this section of the newspaper.
    \"J\"

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    Grumble. It requires signing up to read about it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelJ
    Grumble. It requires signing up to read about it...
    Oh, I'm really sorry about that, I didn't realize you had to sign up..... But did you? Just curious, I thought that was really interesting since I was just up there to have that show up in the newspaper.
    \"J\"

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    I didn't have time to, unfortunately. I've been deep underwater the past few weeks. I should ... maybe if I get time this weekend.
    Skiing combines outdoor fun with knocking down trees with your face. - Dave Barry
    Waterville 11/30; Loon 12/7; Cannon 12/13, 1/17, 2/23; Sugarloaf 12/20, 21-22; Bretton Woods 1/3; Jay Peak 1/24-25; Heavenly 2/9; Squaw Valley 2/10-2/11; Wachusett 3/3; Sunday River 3/7-8

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