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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 Starr King Trail
Looking up the Starr King Trail

Route: Starr King Trail

After a longer than planned morning hike on Mt. Moriah, I dragged myself over to do Starr King and Waumbek. While I would have been just as content to go home and take a nap, I wanted to take advantage of the likely last day of decent trail conditions in January (due to the incoming rain storm).

After doing the road walk from the winter parking lot, I headed up the Starr King Trail. While I was dragging, the conditions were ideal. Had I been more energetic, I could have made great time. Reaching the summit, I had perhaps my best ever views from the increasingly grown in Starr King summit. While clouds were covering the area, the Presidentials were still in the clear.

Hustling over to Mt. Waumbek, I passed over the summit and headed to the near summit vista, from where I could see the Presidentials had quickly been claimed by fog. Backtracking, I worked my way back up Starr King and then down to the road, finishing the hike just before dark.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Moderate
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, January 24, 2010
Hike Commenced: 1:32 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,420'
Destination: Mt. Starr King
Ascent Commenced: 1:42 PM
Summit Reached: 3:08 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:16
Trailhead Elevation: 1,675'
Summit Elevation: 3,907'
Distance: 2.6 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,267'
Destination: Mt. Waumbek
Ascent Commenced: 3:11 PM
Summit Reached: 3:32 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:21
Trailhead Elevation: 3,907'
Summit Elevation: 4,006'
Distance: 1 mile
Vertical Gain: 239'
Hike Ended: 4:54 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:22
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,883'


Starr King Trail trailhead
Starr King Trail trailhead

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

Looking up the Starr King Trail on the way to the Mt. Waumbek summit
Looking up the Starr King Trail on the way to the Mt. Waumbek summit

The looking at the Presidentials from the quasi-viewpoint near Mt. Waumbek - Click to enlarge
The looking at the Presidentials 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. In winter, after passing Route 115 on the left, look for Starr King Road on the right. Immediately after passing Starr King Road (staying on US 2), a makeshift parking area is located on the left. Walk back along US 2 to Starr King Road and then up Starr King Road (bearing left at an intersection). The Starr King Trail trailhead will be at the end of this road.

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