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

Route: Starr King Trail

A few days earlier, the weather forecast looked to be decent. However, as the day arrived, it was another 'cloudy with rain and thunderstorms' forecast. Delayed by an accidents blocking Route 16 in Pinkham Notch and Starr King Road on US 2, I had a later than planned start. Though I heard thunder rumbling in the distance for most of the hike, nothing came too close. Surprisingly, reaching the limited viewpoint on Starr King, I could see the summit of Mt. Washington.

After reaching Mt. Waumbek, some sprinkles started. Fortunately the rain never picked up too much and, by the time I reached Starr King again, sun started to break through.


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, August 12, 2009
Hike Commenced: 4:56 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,675'
Destination: Mt. Starr King
Ascent Commenced: 4:56 PM
Summit Reached: 6:07 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: 6:10 PM
Summit Reached: 6:33 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:23
Trailhead Elevation: 3,907'
Summit Elevation: 4,006'
Distance: 1 mile
Vertical Gain: 239'
Hike Ended: 8:21 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:25
Hike Distance: 7.2 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,628'


Starr King Trail trailhead
Starr King Trail trailhead

Goldenrod on the Starr King Trail.  Sneeze.
Goldenrod on the Starr King Trail. Sneeze.

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

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