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Mt. Tecumseh (West Peak), 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 on a gloomy day
Looking up the Mt. Tecumseh Trail on a gloomy day

Route: Mt. Tecumseh Trail, (West Tecumseh), Mt. Tecumseh Trail, (Mt. Tecumseh), Mt. Tecumseh Trail, (West Tecumseh), Mt. Tecumseh Trail

Since it was looking like the weekend, much like the week preceeding it, would be a washout, I decided to do a relatively local 4,000 footer for some exercise.

While Tripoli Road had a sign saying it was closed November-May, it was fortunately still open as I made my way to the Tecumseh trailhead. Not surprisingly, I didn't see any other vehicles at either this trailhead or as I passed the Osceola parking area.

Fortunately, the brook crossings weren't too bad (maybe an inch of water over some of the rocks). Other than a few short muddy spots down low, the Mt. Tecumseh Trail was in surprisingly decent shape considering the wet weather - that is, other than blowdowns. I was surprised to see the trail littered with downed trees and branches - it wasn't this bad a few months earlier!

While the forecast the day before had said a 20% chance of rain before mid morning, the odds seemed to be in the favor of the rain. Nonetheless, I didn't get overly wet.

This time, I think I found the supposed highpoint of West Tecumseh (the trail takes a dip after running the fairly flat ridge, before climbing again to another height of land with an increasingly-obscure herd path to the right...though I question if this is really the highpoint, or if so, by how much as compared to another area to the left of the trail along the ridge).

From there, the trail dropped fairly steeply into the col, before climbing fairly steeply back out, along some rocky terrain (a little bit slippery in the rain).

Like West Tecumseh, there wasn't anything to see but cloud from the Mt. Tecumseh summit.

On the way back, I went on blowdown patrol and was able to cut and/or remove most of them (save for two or three larger ones). Not a particularly memorable hike, but nonetheless it was nice to get some exercise.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, November 8, 2008
Hike Commenced: 7:35 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,820'
Destination: Mt. Tecumseh (West Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 7:35 AM
Summit Reached: 8:47 AM
Time Elapsed: 01:12
Trailhead Elevation: 1,820'
Summit Elevation: 3,766'
Vertical Gain: 1,996'
Destination: Mt. Tecumseh
Ascent Commenced: 8:47 AM
Summit Reached: 9:08 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:21
Trailhead Elevation: 3,766'
Summit Elevation: 4,003'
Vertical Gain: 393'
Hike Ended: 11:29 AM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:54
Hike Distance: 6.2 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,615'


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

Looking suspended moisture from the West Tecumseh vista - Click to enlarge
Looking suspended moisture from the West Tecumseh vista

The Mt. Tecumseh Trail between the peaks
The Mt. Tecumseh Trail between the peaks

Looking at all sorts of nothing from the Mt. Tecumseh vista - Click to enlarge
Looking at all sorts of nothing from the Mt. Tecumseh vista

Topographic map of Mt. Tecumseh (West Peak), Mt. Tecumseh - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 49 into Waterville Valley. Take a left onto Tripoli Road, bear right at a junction near the ski area, continue past the height of land. The Mt. Tecumseh Trail trailhead and WMNF fee parking area will be a few minutes down the road on the left.

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