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Mt. Major - Fall Hiking

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Mt. Major (1,780ft) Trail: Boulder Loop (Orange) Elevation Gain: 1,100ft Distance: 3.4 miles roundtrip Difficulty:   Easy to Moderate 4th time’s a charm! There's a reason they call this trail "Boulder Loop!" I had never taken this orange-blazed trail so it was treat to hike. The lower portion of the trail is wide and mostly a Class 1 trail with a final steep pitch to the flat topped summit. Not much views of the lake area. The summit was windy and cold. But it was a good day especially since I got to ogle and scramble over hundreds of boulders along the trail! Enjoy a few photos that I took along the Boulder Loop Trail. Lake Winnipesaukee from the summit   Geodetic Survey Marker Along the Boulder Loop Trail

Mt Rand & West Quarry Mountain– Summer Hiking

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Mount Rand (1,883ft)   West Quarry Mountain (1,844ft)   Total Elevation Gain: 900 feet Trails: Old Clough Road, Quarry (White) trail Distance: 4 miles roundtrip Duration: 3.5 hours (includes stops at both summits) Difficulty: On the easy side of moderate Today I hiked the last two summits of the Belknap Range! When I first started hiking I never knew about hiking lists . So when I found out about the NH 48 4000+ list I started hiking with the intent of peakbagging. But I’ve never brought any signs up with me to display at each summit I reached. It was the same for the Belknap Range hikes, until the very last two. I did want to commemorate the completion of all 12 peaks of the Belknap Range with more than a hiking patch. So with the help of some hiking buddies, I set out to finish the Belknap Range making sure I brought along my #12 sign! As we say in Hawaii – Mahalo Nui Loa to Noreen and Boomer, as well as Neil and Karen with Maggie and Phil the mountain dog, for hiki

Mt. Majors, Straightback Mountain & Mt. Anna – Solo Summer Hike

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Mount Majors (1,786ft) Straightback South Mountain – South Peak (1,910ft) Mount Anna (1,660ft) Total Elevation Gain: 1,349ft Trails: Mt. Majors (Blue), Blue-Yellow Merge, Quarry, North Straightback Link (Green), Brook (Yellow) Distance: 7.3 miles roundtrip Duration: 5.0 hrs, 10 min (includes stops at all summits) Difficulty: Moderate When I left my itinerary with my husband I had this hike down for a roundtrip of 4 miles. Oooops!   It didn’t occur to me that the 4 miles was one way until I reached Mt. Anna almost 3 hours after starting. I had depended on a website for mileage and didn’t realize that it didn’t account for the trip back. I don’t know what distracted me from estimating the mileage correctly, but I know better now!   I didn’t mind bagging Mt. Majors for the 3 rd time as the views were stunning! But I needed Straightback Mountain and Mt. Anna, so spent only a few minutes on the crowded summit snacking on my PB&J sandw