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Mt. Starr King, Mt. Waumbek
Jefferson, NH, Kilkenny, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The Starr King Trail
The Starr King Trail

Route: Starr King Trail

Since the higher summits forecast from the MWO showed stuff being in the clouds, I figured I'd head north and perhaps find a loophole.

Arriving in Jefferson, I was surprised to see very little snow - in the northern lakes region, there was a good half of a foot on the ground.

As I ascended the Starr King Trail, the snow gradually increased, from a trace at the base to a foot near the summit of Mt. Starr King.

Barebooting up to that point, I decided to put on my snowshoes for the first time since the spring, and make my way over to Waumbek. Fortunately, the trail was fairly well packed, so it was a mild snowshoe.

Continuing a bit past the summit cairn, I found what looked to be a halfway decent viewpoint - on a nice day. Like Mt. Starr King, Mt. Waumbek was in the clouds at this point - only a few hundred vertical feet lower, and it was turning into a nice day!

On the way down from Mt. Starr King, things continued to clear, and I was struck by how nice part of the trail was - an open hardwood glade with some halfway decent obstructed views.

On the way home, I tried to find the Boy Mountain trailhead, but without the instructions from the White Mountain Guide, the map wasn't quite enough to find the obscure driveway.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Starr King
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Minimal (due to weather)
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Waumbek
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Minimal (due to weather)
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, November 29, 2008
Hike Commenced: 9:56 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,675'
Destination: Mt. Starr King
Ascent Commenced: 9:56 AM
Summit Reached: 11:34 AM
Time Elapsed: 01:38
Trailhead Elevation: 1,675'
Summit Elevation: 3,907'
Distance: 2.6 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,267'
Destination: Mt. Waumbek
Ascent Commenced: 11:43 AM
Summit Reached: 12:14 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:31
Trailhead Elevation: 3,907'
Summit Elevation: 4,006'
Distance: 1 mile
Vertical Gain: 239'
Hike Ended: 2:13 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:14
Hike Distance: 7.2 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,628'


Starr King Trail trailhead
Starr King Trail trailhead

Looking into the fog from the Mt. Starr King summit - Click to enlarge
Looking into the fog from the Mt. Starr King summit

The Starr King Trail to the Mt. Waumbek summit
The Starr King Trail to the Mt. Waumbek summit

The non-view from the quasi-viewpoint near Mt. Waumbek - Click to enlarge
The non-view from the quasi-viewpoint near Mt. Waumbek

Topographic map of Mt. Starr King, Mt. Waumbek - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 2 West from Gorham. A few minutes after passing Route 115 on the left, take a right onto Starr King Road. Continue straight up the dirt road to the WMNF fee parking area and trailhead.

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