ALTON — The Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests is hosting a free guided hike up Mt. Major in Alton on Monday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hikers will visit some of the hidden features located just off the main trails and learn about the effort to purchase and conserve 950 acres on or near Mt. Major and in the nearby Moulton Valley of Gilford.
Hike leaders Dave Anderson and Tom Howe of the Forest Society will share cultural history, wildlife habitats, forest ecology and land use in the Belknap Range. The hike will cover 3.4 miles of moderately strenuous trails to and from the summit, where the group will have a picnic lunch overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee.
Participants should wear good hiking boots and bring a lunch, water and insect repellent. This hike is family-friendly but best suited for older children. The hike will start at the trailhead parking area off Route 11.