It was time for a little hiking exercise so we made the quick trip to Mt. Major. This is always a great hike for a reasonably minimal effort. The loop we did today (Boulder, Straightback, Brook, Mt Major trails) is about 4-miles long with 1,150' of elevation gain. It took us 2 hours and 10 minutes. We did not stay at the summit very long as the bees were swarming. We had brought a corn & bean salad with balsamic vinegar on it and the bees were very, very attracted to the sweet smell!
Most often I prefer to hike Mt. Roberts on the other side of Lake Winnipesaukee as the trail conditions are much better and it is often less crowded. It is however, 45 minutes further away from home and, as it was, we were not starting this hike until about 4:00 pm.
For those of you that are familiar with the very popular Mt Major, imagine this. We completed this hike and did not see another soul - not one! I have hiked Mt Major a dozen or more times and that has never happened. Most often you feel like you are hiking in a mall when you hike this moutain.
Sue checks out the summit marker. Sort of funny as I don't recall ever noticing this marker before.
It was a humid day so the views were rather hazy.