Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Mt. Major holds amazing views throughout the entire climb if you're looking for a weekend escape. Scenic outlooks are often held for reward at the summit, but this is one mountain hike that doesn't require hours of toil and sweat for only a few fleeting moments of views. Located within the heart of the White Mountains, but only a short jaunt from Portland, you can't go wrong. Bring the dog.
The trailhead on Route 11 will point you on a 3.8 mile hike, with a steady incline. Remnants of a stone hut, dating back to 1925 still sit overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee. On our last outing, it served to break the relentless wind while we sat inside. Our ears thanked us. It seems as though you can see a majority of the 4,000 footers from a seat at the top, particularly special arethat of Mt. Washington.
Blue skies held strong overhead on our descent. With a few short breaks for the chocolate lab to lap up some fresh, cold stream water and photo opportunities, the hike took around 3 hours. An afternoon get-a-way and back in Portland for dinner - what else could a guy ask for?
Rhon Bell, an outdoor enthusiast, spends his time exploring the Maine Woods and documenting his journeys.
Growing up in Aroostook County, he embraced the outdoor lifestyle at a young age. Living today near Portland, he spends weekends and week-long adventures hiking New England summits, canoeing the historic Maine waterways, and ice fishing for lake trout.
Follow the journey as Window to the Woods discovers new destinations, and check out his other blog, Backwoods Plaid.