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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

Though the forecast was for bitter cold temperatures, the snow was apparently going to stay south. Thus, we headed up to Jefferson for Mt. Waumbek.

After a short road walk, we put on our snowshoes and headed up the Starr King Trail. Though fairly firm and broken out, parts were wind drifted over. In addition, there were postholes littering parts of the trail from barebooters a few days earlier.

Reaching the cold, windy summit of Starr King, we had decent, though somewhat obstructed views. Continuing along the drifted ridge, we eventually found ourselves on Mt. Waumbek. We ended up with two views - the normal blowdown patch just east of the highpoint, as well as a drifted in viewpoint just a bit west of the summit.

Shortly into the descent off Waumbek, I found one of those conveniently placed postholes the hard way and ended up hurting my hip/lower back, resulting in somewhat intense pain at times for a few days. Ouch.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, February 21, 2011
Hike Commenced: 12:35 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,420'
Destination: Mt. Starr King
Ascent Commenced: 12:45 PM
Summit Reached: 2:17 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:32
Trailhead Elevation: 1,675'
Summit Elevation: 3,907'
Distance: 2.6 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,267'
Destination: Mt. Waumbek
Ascent Commenced: 2:19 PM
Summit Reached: 2:45 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:26
Trailhead Elevation: 3,907'
Summit Elevation: 4,006'
Distance: 1 mile
Vertical Gain: 239'
Hike Ended: 4:21 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:46
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 Mt. Waumbek
Looking up the Starr King Trail on the way to Mt. Waumbek

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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