Growing up in NH, you will find that most schools have a field trip to Mount Major. It’s a relatively easy hike, friendly for a beginning hiker, with “major” view payoff. I like to rank hikes based on this equation. How easy vs. view pay and average the difference. This is an easy 9, it’s hard enough to be rewarding, with fantastic foliage views.
I went to Mount Major on October 21st, starting at 8:30, which I highly recommend. This is a VERY dog friendly hike. In fact, we were joking along the way that we only saw two children and around 100 dogs. Ruckus is an on-leash hiker until we get over our distraction issues (I’m sure he would follow a squirrel to the next state border). There are many off leash dogs, especially earlier in the morning, but we only met very friendly pups who were excited to enjoy a day out with their humans.
If you decide to do in October make sure you bring lots of layers. Ruckus even had a jacket for the top, but the sun made the wind bearable while we took a few pictures and took in the views.
I recently went to a Stay Work Play event, the organizations focuses on keeping under 40 year-olds in NH to Stay, Work, and Play. Living on the seacoast, it’s easy to do all of those things, but NH really does have so much more to offer… it was great to get to the Lakes Region in the Fall to enjoy what New Hampshire has to offer (hint: it’s a lot).
I love this last photo of Ruckus with his Aunt Sarah, very bored that we are taking so long.