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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 Starr King Trail
Looking down the Starr King Trail

Route: Starr King Trail

While winter was already showing its presence, the summer Starr King parking area was still accessible. Being full, however, resulted in overflow parking being needed in the winter lot on the opposite side of US 2.

While the Starr King Trail was covered in a few inches of powder, there was enough foot traffic to pack it down nicely. Reaching the summit of Mt. Starr King, there were no views to speak of, due to snow flurries.

After an extended break, we headed over to Mt. Waumbek, which again was viewless due to flurries. After another snack break there, and then on Starr King again, we headed down. A nice early winter hike!


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Moderate
Destination: Mt. Starr King
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Minimal (due to weather)
Crowds: Heavy
Destination: Mt. Waumbek
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Minimal (due to weather)
Crowds: Heavy


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, December 5, 2010
Hike Commenced: 8:54 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,420'
Destination: Mt. Starr King
Ascent Commenced: 9:17 AM
Summit Reached: 11:11 AM
Time Elapsed: 01:54
Trailhead Elevation: 1,675'
Summit Elevation: 3,907'
Distance: 2.6 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,267'
Destination: Mt. Waumbek
Ascent Commenced: 11:27 AM
Summit Reached: 12:01 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:34
Trailhead Elevation: 3,907'
Summit Elevation: 4,006'
Distance: 1 mile
Vertical Gain: 239'
Hike Ended: 2:51 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 05:57
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,883'


Starr King Trail trailhead
Starr King Trail trailhead

A lack of views from Mt. Starr King - Click to enlarge
A lack of views from Mt. Starr King

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 summit cairn on Mt. Waumbek - Click to enlarge
The summit cairn on 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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