DETOUR AHEAD: Mt. Major Lot Closed (Roadside Parking ONLY; TRAILS OPEN) as Visitor Experience Improved
Press Release: August 7, 2020 (Updated as necessary)- The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is planning to improve the visitor experience at Mt. Major by repairing drainage and erosion problems at the base of the Main (Blue) Trail. The work will involve repairing, resurfacing, and properly draining the bottom few hundred feet of trail as it leaves the parking lot. The parking lot will be temporarily closed during construction. The closure will start after Labor Day and is anticipated to last about four weeks.
“Mt. Major is the most popular peak in central New Hampshire and has been cited as one of the most climbed mountains in the world. That’s a lot of feet walking on the trails of Mt. Major,” states Wendy Weisiger, managing forester for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. “The entrance to the Main (Blue)Trail has been perennially wet and slippery for hikers and heavy rains cause severe erosion which impacts water quality in the adjacent brook and nearby Lake Winnipesaukee. The project will repair the eroded trail and provide proper drainage, greatly improving the visitor experience.”
For updates about the project and timing, visit the Forest Society reservation guide at forestsociety.org/mountmajor. If you would like to be placed on an email update list about the project or if you have any questions please contact Managing Forester, Wendy Weisiger at (603) 224-9945.
The Forest Society is accepting donations to help fund trail rehabilitation work at Mt. Major; more information about this project and how to help at: www.forestsociety.org/majortrailwork.