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Trail Conditions

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 up the Mt. Tecumseh trail
Looking up the Mt. Tecumseh 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

White I was hoping to get to the trailhead relatively early and perhaps see some sunset colors near the summit, neither scenarios worked out, as the roads were less than optimal due to snow squalls (which were also blocking sunlight).

A few inches of new powder had fallen on top of a rock hard base - snowshoes seemed to be ideal for traction. A bit tired, I was dragging for much of the ascent. Reaching the ridge, visibility dropped dramatically with wind gusts. Reaching the summit, I quickly turned around and and worked my way off the ridge as soon as possible - during wind gusts, visibility was maybe 5 feet at best. With the limited light and no visible snowshoe trough (due to melting), navigating by memory in a few places.

Conditions improved as I dropped, however the snow was still coming down at a good pace by the time I returned to the parking lot.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Tecumseh
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Minimal (due to weather)
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, January 28, 2010
Hike Commenced: 4:11 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,840'
Destination: Mt. Tecumseh
Ascent Commenced: 4:13 PM
Summit Reached: 5:12 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:59
Trailhead Elevation: 1,870'
Summit Elevation: 4,003'
Vertical Gain: 2,143'
Hike Ended: 6:03 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:52
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,183'

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

Looking into the clouds from the Mt. Tecumseh summit - Click to enlarge
Looking into the clouds from the Mt. Tecumseh summit

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