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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 down The Bondyard ski trail
Looking down The Bondyard ski trail

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

With a junk weather forecast after three days of rain - it's starting to feel like June through mid August again! - I decided to get some exercise by heading up Mt. Tecumseh.

Fortunately the ski trails had been mowed since my last hike, thus keeping my pants dry (vs. walking through tall, wet grass). While the skies were mostly cloudy, the foliage at the lower elevations was pretty stunning.

The Tecumseh Trail was fairly dry, though a little bit slippery. The views from the top were good, though the tops of the Tripyramids tended to be in the clouds. Particularly neat was the shadow of Tecumseh that was cast on the colorful valley when the sun broke through for a little bit.

Though it was a fairly glum day, it was nice to get out for a hike during the mist of another extended wet stretch.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, August 29, 2008
Hike Commenced: 4:09 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,840'
Destination: Mt. Tecumseh
Ascent Commenced: 4:11 PM
Summit Reached: 5:19 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:08
Trailhead Elevation: 1,870'
Summit Elevation: 4,003'
Vertical Gain: 2,143'
Hike Ended: 6:44 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:35
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,183'

The bottom of the Lower Periphery ski trail
The bottom of the Lower Periphery ski trail

Looking east at Mt. Tripyramid from the Mt. Tecumseh summit - Click to enlarge
Looking east at Mt. Tripyramid from the Mt. Tecumseh summit

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