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Trip Log


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 Boneyard ski trail
Looking down The Boneyard ski trail

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

Wanting to get in a decent workout after work, I decided to head up to Mt. Tecumseh for the last full day of winter. Arriving at the ski area just after closing, I quickly strapped on my snowshoes and headed up the lower slopes. The Boneyard was interesting, as a tremendous amount of snowcat work had been done - seemingly most of the snow on the steeps of the trail had been pushed into one large pile.

The Mt. Tecumseh Trail was a grind as usual - a consistently-moderate-straight-fall-line-pitch.

The views from the summit vista were tremendous - a decent amount of snow had blown in since my previous hike to the peak a month earlier. Thus, from a viewpoint that normally has a range not much greater than just the Tripyramids, I was able to see from Belknap Mountain to Mt. Garfield. Amazing!

Though I could have probably done the whole hike on Microspikes, I wore snowshoes.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, March 19, 2009
Hike Commenced: 4:18 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,840'
Destination: Mt. Tecumseh
Ascent Commenced: 4:21 PM
Summit Reached: 5:25 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:04
Trailhead Elevation: 1,870'
Summit Elevation: 4,003'
Vertical Gain: 2,143'
Hike Ended: 6:22 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:04
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,183'

The bottom of the Pasture ski trail
The bottom of the Pasture ski trail

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