It’s no wonder Mount Major’s panoramic summit, which boasts views of the Lakes Region and White Mountains, is a highly regarded destination for locals and tourists alike. With an estimated 80,000 visitors annually, though, Mount Major’s trails are being loved to death.
Soil erosion, off-trail usage, dog waste, and garbage are just some of the visitor-created impacts Forest Society staff and volunteers contend with throughout the year. To remedy these issues, the Forest Society began working with a broad coalition of stakeholders on a long-term stewardship plan that enhances the visitor experience while protecting Mount Major’s natural resources.
The parking lot will be closed and fenced off so that heavy equipment and material can be brought in safely. Visitors to Mt. Major will still be able to park along Route 11 and will be directed along the southerly edge of the parking lot safely to the trailhead for the Boulder (Orange) Trail. A temporary trail detour from Boulder Trail to the Main (Blue) Trail will be built in August to provide hiker access to all of the trails. During this process, the Forest Society will continue to provide visitor services and programming at Mount Major that focus on the importance of strategic land conservation, safe hiking, and land stewardship. For services, the Forest Society will continue to provide portable toilets and snow removal at the trailhead parking facility.
However, we can’t fulfill our stewardship plans without your support. Your contribution will help us improve the Mount Major experience for all, from the mountain’s scenic summit to its peaceful trails.
To donate, please use the donation form below.