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Mt. Tecumseh
Waterville Valley, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.

Looking up the Mt. Tecumseh Trail

Route: Mt. Tecumseh Trail, Sosman Trail, (summit), Sosman Trail, Mt. Tecumseh Trail, The Boneyard, Lower Periphery

Originally, I was hoping to do a Presidential peak, however the clouds didn't seem to want to move out fast enough for my liking. Option B was Mt. Tecumseh.

Though there were a lot of cars lined up for the ski area, there were plenty of spaces near the Mt. Tecumseh Trail trailhead. After strapping on my snowshoes, I was off. The second and third brook crossings still had snowbridges over them, despite the recent rain and warmer weather.

The first portion of the Mt. Tecumseh Trail is easy to moderate going. After it drops down to the third brook crossing, thigns steep up a bit and stay moderately steep for some time. Just before the ridge, the trail gets just about its steepest. This was my first time using snowshoes with a riser bar - it felt like cheating! The trail was mostly frozen granular, so snowshoes weren't even needed.

Once the ridge and the Sosman Trail are reached, things are gradual for awhile, up to the split in the trail. From here, the Sosman Trail (the left option) was broken out - it starts of gradually before steepening up a bit just below the summit.

The views from the top were great - the Tripyramids view was much better this time than on the somewhat hazy day I last ascended this peak some 7 months earlier.

I barebooted the descent to the "Outlook" spur trail, which leads to the Boneyard ski trail. From here, I put on my snowshoes and headed down through the ski area base area and to the parking lot.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Tecumseh
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Hike Commenced: 11:52 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,840'
Destination: Mt. Tecumseh
Ascent Commenced: 11:59 AM
Summit Reached: 1:30 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:31
Trailhead Elevation: 1,845'
Summit Elevation: 4,003'
Distance: 2.5 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,273'
Hike Ended: 3:16 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:24
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,298'

Mt. Tecumseh Trail trailhead next to the top Waterville Valley Ski Area parking lot

Looking east at Mt. Tripyramid from the Mt. Tecumseh summit

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 49 into Waterville Valley. Follow signs to the alpine ski area. Trailhead and parking are at the top parking lot.

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