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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

Starr King Trail was broken out and had a nice snowshoe track. Kudos to those who broke this out after the strong; looked like no easy task with the deep drifts. There is still some active drifting on the ridge. All but one person today was wearing snowshoes; fortunately the booter was surrounded by snowshoers, so the postholes were generally cleaned up. There is 4 feet of snow on the ridge - this is a snowshoe winter, wear them.

Blazes on the ridge are only a foot or two from being buried. There is a false start shortly after leaving Starr King for Waumbek - bear left.

Nice views from the Waumbek vista (just past the summit), and on Starr King (thanks to the 'unauthorized' clearing that took place a few years ago...great Presi views now).


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, January 7, 2018
Parking Elevation: 1,420'
Destination: Mt. Starr King
Time Elapsed: 01:41
Trailhead Elevation: 1,675'
Summit Elevation: 3,907'
Distance: 2.6 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,267'
Destination: Mt. Waumbek
Time Elapsed: 00:29
Trailhead Elevation: 3,907'
Summit Elevation: 4,006'
Distance: 1 mile
Vertical Gain: 239'
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:09
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,883'


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 viewpoint near Mt. Waumbek - Click to enlarge
The looking at the Presidentials from the viewpoint near Mt. Waumbek

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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