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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 Sosman Trail
Looking down Sosman Trail

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

After a failed attempt at Mt. Isolation, I decided to head southwest, in hopes of better weather and a wind protected hike. Arriving at Waterville Valley, I was happy to see some blue sky.

Since I'm not a fan of the lower portion of the Mt. Tecumseh Trail, I chose to head up the lower ski trails, ducking into the woods at the first vista and meeting up with a group of hikers. From there, we pushed onto the summit, sheltered from the winds (with the exception of a portion of the Sosman Trail).

The views from the top were very strong - the changing of weather earlier in the day had resulted in good visibility, and the deep snowpack helped elevate one above the spruce near the vista.

The descent went by fairly quickly, other than pausing for blowdown removal. Back on the ski trails, we had the place to ourselves (other than snowcats), as last run had been called while we were still up in the trees. Reaching the parking lot, we were positioned perfectly to see the moon rise over Scaur Peak. Not a bad end to a day on the trails!

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, February 8, 2009
Hike Commenced: 1:42 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,830'
Destination: Mt. Tecumseh
Ascent Commenced: 1:48 PM
Summit Reached: 3:10 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:22
Trailhead Elevation: 1,870'
Summit Elevation: 4,003'
Vertical Gain: 2,143'
Hike Ended: 4:45 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:03
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,193'

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

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

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