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

Route: Starr King Trail

Once again babying my bad knee, I decided to wait out the morning rain and do a mellow hike to Mt. Waumbek.

The hardwood glade portion of the Starr King Trail slowed me down big time - it was absolutely covered in various types of wildflowers! It was hard to maintain a good pace whilst stopping every few feet to take photos.

The Starr King Trail was mostly snow free up to the summit of Starr King. Beyond Starr King, there were some small patches of snow and ice leading to Waumbek.

The views from both near-summit vistas were decent - the Presidentials were in the clear, with grey jays joining the viewing party on Starr King.



Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Starr King
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Waumbek
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Moderate
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, May 17, 2009
Hike Commenced: 1:13 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,675'
Destination: Mt. Starr King
Ascent Commenced: 1:13 PM
Summit Reached: 2:37 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:24
Trailhead Elevation: 1,675'
Summit Elevation: 3,907'
Distance: 2.6 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,267'
Destination: Mt. Waumbek
Ascent Commenced: 2:41 PM
Summit Reached: 3:08 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:27
Trailhead Elevation: 3,907'
Summit Elevation: 4,006'
Distance: 1 mile
Vertical Gain: 239'
Hike Ended: 5:19 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:06
Hike Distance: 7.2 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,628'


Starr King Trail trailhead
Starr King Trail trailhead

Dutchman's Breeches along the Starr King Trail
Dutchman's Breeches along the Starr King Trail

Looking southwest from near the Mt. Starr King summit - Click to enlarge
Looking southwest from near the Mt. Starr King summit

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

The Presidentials as seen from near the summit of Mt. Waumbek - Click to enlarge
The Presidentials as seen from near the summit of 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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