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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 on the way to Mt. Starr King
The Starr King Trail on the way to Mt. Starr King

Route: Starr King Trail

After sitting out my first weekend day in quite some time, I had a hankering to get in a relatively large after-work hike. Taking a gamble with the forecast, I tracked radar and satellite imagery and saw an opening. Initially planning to do something near Crawford Notch, I changed my mind in route and decided to head north, as the storm activity had been tracking southeast.

After driving over the snowbank and being the first to use the Starr King parking lot this year, I quickly strapped my snowshoes to my pack and headed up the trail in the rain. Initially barebooting, I ended up putting on my Microspikes fairly quickly, as the slush ice was a bit slippery.

The first portion of the trail was a mix of running water, slush ice, and mud. As the trail turned off the logging road and headed into the hardwood glade, the base consistently became spring snow.

The next section, in the softwoods, seemed to drag on forever. Shortly after reaching it, I stepped into a mild snowstorm. As I reached the ridge, there was a good inch or two of new snow on top of a rotten monorail.

The section of trail on the way to Mt. Waumbek was like a game of monorail-minesweeper. With a monorail too narrow in places for snowshoes, I opted to remain on my Microspikes. While staying in the middle of the monorail was generally enough to get through, every so often it would give way, resulting in a knee to waist deep posthole.

Like Mt. Starr King, there was nothing to see from the summit area of Mt. Waumbek, due to the snowstorm.

I ended up making it back to the parking lot without needing a headlamp - wet, but glad to have had some exercise.


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: Monday, March 30, 2009
Hike Commenced: 4:42 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,675'
Destination: Mt. Starr King
Ascent Commenced: 4:42 PM
Summit Reached: 5:53 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:11
Trailhead Elevation: 1,675'
Summit Elevation: 3,907'
Distance: 2.6 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,267'
Destination: Mt. Waumbek
Ascent Commenced: 5:54 PM
Summit Reached: 6:20 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:26
Trailhead Elevation: 3,907'
Summit Elevation: 4,006'
Distance: 1 mile
Vertical Gain: 239'
Hike Ended: 7:39 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:57
Hike Distance: 7.2 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,628'


Starr King Trail trailhead
Starr King Trail trailhead

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

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

Looking into the clouds from Mt. Waumbek - Click to enlarge
Looking into the clouds from Mt. Waumbek

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


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 2 West from Gorham. Shortly 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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