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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 up the Mt. Tecumseh Trail
Looking up the Mt. Tecumseh Trail

Route: Mt. Tecumseh Trail, Sosman Trail, (summit), Sosman Trail, various ski trails

Hodgepodge of icy conditions this afternoon/evening.

First quarter of a mile of trail was quite icy (uneven ice from footbed snowpack melt and freeze), but I stumbled through without Microspikes. The ice wasn't too bad in the open woods between crossing two and crossing three. After crossing three, one could put on Microspikes (black ice, blue ice, frozen granular, a dusting of snow thrown in). Snowpack increased to maybe an inch by 3,300 feet in elevation.

New drainage has reduced the blue ice bulges, however there are a few small ones in sections were the trail hasn't been repaired. Nonetheless, I was able to bareboot to the summit. Had I descended this way, I would have put on my Microspikes.

Nice views of the white Presidentials, as well as a so so sunset display from the summit loop of the Sosman Trail.

Sosman Trail on the ridge had a few areas of black ice, as well as maybe an inch of snowpack/frozen granular. I was able to bareboot this stretch without much issue.

The ski trails on the left (looking downhill) are open (with the exception of the one at the hiking trail viewpoint), but the ones on the right haven't been touched with snowmaking yet. I needed Microspikes to descend the upper portion, and would continued with them if I stuck to the access road (lots of black ice). However, going down the grassy ski trails was relatively smooth sailing, as there was little ice to deal with. I don't know what the technical protocol is this time of year on those closed trails, but I would suggest that if you're not on any ski trails that are open or in the process of being opened (ie snowmaking), then there shouldn't be much of an issue. Due to USFS pushpolling though, signage claims one has to have a pass to walk on the ski trails during ski season, a la Wildcat.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Parking Elevation: 1,840'
Destination: Mt. Tecumseh
Time Elapsed: 01:16
Trailhead Elevation: 1,870'
Summit Elevation: 4,003'
Vertical Gain: 2,143'
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:00
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,408'

The Mt. Tecumseh Trail trailhead
The Mt. Tecumseh Trail trailhead

Fog spilling over the Southern Presidentials as seen from Mt. Tecumseh - Click to enlarge
Fog spilling over the Southern Presidentials as seen from Mt. Tecumseh

The sunset as seen from the Sosman Trail - Click to enlarge
The sunset as seen from the Sosman Trail

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