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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

In a week of rain, it looked like there was going to be a brief opening in the middle of the week. Looking at some webcams, it appeared I might get a tiny bit of sunlight up north. Sure enough, as I approached the Starr King Trail trailhead, I could see some small bits of blue sky.

Still a bit sore from a random injury from two days earlier, I wasn't exactly flying up the trail. While it had been quite scenic in May, a lot of the wildflowers were gone (though some still remained). Nonetheless, it was pleasant to get some brief rays of sun.

Reaching the summit of Mt. Starr King, the views to the east were still socked in, with the views to the southwest a bit hazy. Working my way to Waumbek, the weather seemed to continue to improve. Arriving at the summit, I continued over to the viewpoint and saw a double undercast of sorts - fog in the valley and another level of clouds up on the Presis.

Back on Mt. Starr King, the President view was improving, as Mt. Madison broke out of the clouds. Not bad for a rainy week!


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: Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Hike Commenced: 4:29 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,675'
Destination: Mt. Starr King
Ascent Commenced: 4:29 PM
Summit Reached: 5:49 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:20
Trailhead Elevation: 1,675'
Summit Elevation: 3,907'
Distance: 2.6 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,267'
Destination: Mt. Waumbek
Ascent Commenced: 5:51 PM
Summit Reached: 6:15 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:26
Trailhead Elevation: 3,907'
Summit Elevation: 4,006'
Distance: 1 mile
Vertical Gain: 239'
Hike Ended: 8:01 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:32
Hike Distance: 7.2 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,628'


Starr King Trail trailhead
Starr King Trail trailhead

A violet on the Starr King Trail
A violet on the Starr King Trail

Looking at the Northern Presidentials from near the Mt. Starr King summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Northern Presidentials 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

A trout lily near the summit of Mt. Waumbek
A trout lily near the summit of Mt. Waumbek

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