ALTON — A two-part guided hike on Mount Major will be conducted on Saturday, Oct. 25. This outing is being organized by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust in partnership with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, and the Belknap Range Conservation Coalition.
In the first segment of the hike, starting at 9 a.m., participants will explore lesser known cultural history features, glacial boulders, and rock shelters located off-trail along the lower slopes of the mountain. A more strenuous option will follow, at about 11 a.m., with a naturalist-guided hike to the summit. Hikers will be able to enjoy the magnificent views, to identify local landmarks, and to learn about forest ecology and recent land conservation success in the Belknap Range, returning at approximately 3 p.m.
The Conservation Trust and the Forest Society, along with the Belknap Range Coalition and its members, including the towns of Alton and Gilford, have worked together to conserve four key parcels of land in the Belknap Range totaling 950 acres and encompassing parts of key hiking trails, including the most popular trails to the summit of Mount Major. More than 1,800 individual donors, foundations, and other grant-making organizations, and the towns of Gilford and Alton, provided support for the project, and the $1.8 million campaign goal was reached in late August.
Participants will need to arrive by 8:45 am to have time to check in and prepare for the hike. The number of participants in this excursion will be limited, and preregistration is required. Those who preregister will be sent additional detailed information.
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