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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.
The Mt. Tecumseh Trail prior to the last water crossing
The Mt. Tecumseh Trail prior to the last water crossing

Route: Mt. Tecumseh Trail

Though I was tempted to do something more scenic, I opted to hike Mt. Tecumseh via the Tecumseh Trail. This proved to be a worthy decision, as it started to rain about halfway up. For the first time, I hiked to the peak and back via the Tecumseh Trail proper (ski area side) - including the two parts of the trail I almost always bypass - the very bottom and very top. Not liking the pointless ups and downs and patches of poor footing, I won't be rushing back to do these again anytime soon.

There were surprisingly quite a few blowdowns on the trail, considering its popularity. I ended up removing about half a dozen.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Hike Commenced: 3:41 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,840'
Destination: Mt. Tecumseh
Ascent Commenced: 3:42 PM
Summit Reached: 4:49 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:07
Trailhead Elevation: 1,845'
Summit Elevation: 4,003'
Vertical Gain: 2,293'
Hike Ended: 6:45 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:04
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,433'


The Mt. Tecumseh Trail trailhead near parking lot 1
The Mt. Tecumseh Trail trailhead near parking lot 1

A bear near the lower Mt. Tecumseh Trail - only the second bear I've ever seen on an NH 4K hike
A bear near the lower Mt. Tecumseh Trail - only the second bear I've ever seen on an NH 4K hike

Looking at the Tripyramids, Passaconaway, the Sleepers, and Whiteface from the Mt. Tecumseh summit vista - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Tripyramids, Passaconaway, the Sleepers, and Whiteface from the Mt. Tecumseh summit vista




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