DATE: Dec 12, 2020 to Dec 12, 2020
Hiking/Walk GetWinter Hike #2: Mt. Tecumseh

Meeting Time: 10:00 AM

Event Coordinator: Gandalf
Thornton, NH

Max # People: 10

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Join our GetWinter hikes to get you into winter hiking! The hikes get progressively harder leading up to a winter Franconia Ridge Traverse!

This trip's focus is to continue with layering clothes for cold weather hiking. We’ll also be carrying MicroSpikes if we encounter icy conditions. Gather your winter hiking gear for a hike to the summit of Mt Tecumseh, the shortest of NHs 48 at 4003 ft!

You can purchase either Kahtoola MicroSpikes or Hillsounds Crampons from your local outdoor outfitter such as REI or EMS; or online. We will be hiking in early winter conditions at a moderate pace with time to enjoy the scenery. It will be 5 miles with 2200 ft elevation gain. There may be some ice and a coating of snow- light traction devices are mandatory. The hike will take approx. 4 hours. We may hear the snow making machines on the ski slopes.

Please have the appropriate gear/clothing to hike this time of year and the appropriate amount of layers to keep your core body warm. We recommend WINTER hiking boots, MicroSpikes, wool hat, gloves, hand warmers, rain/wind gear, warm layers and NO COTTON. Carry at least 1 liter of water, lunch and snacks.

Winter Hiking Clothing/Gear Tips and Recommendations

Winter conditions will be in effect so this moderate hike is ideal for anyone on their first winter hike. Winter travel offers unique challenges to any hiker and we can provide tips and answer any of your questions during the hike. We are here to help you!

For winter hiking, you are basically wearing the same clothing/gear you did in summer except you need to have additional layers to keep your core body warm, dress in synthetic layers [no cotton], wool hat, and gloves [we highly recommend buying the chemical hand warmers for your gloves]. The only piece of gear you will have to buy is MicroSpikes [Kahtoola is a popular brand], which are essentially cleats that you attach to your boots to prevent falls from black ice encountered on the trail.  

One of the biggest mistakes beginner winter hikers do is overdress. You don’t need a heavy winter jacket since you will be heating up naturally during the hike. Wear thin, insulated layers so you can easily regulate your temperature. If you overdress, you will start sweating and actually make yourself get colder. Assess if your summer daypack is big enough to put your clothes in as you warm up and if not, then that is probably another investment you’ll have to make for this trip.

Winter hiking boots is something you may want to invest in later on, since it helps keep your feet warm, dry and comfortable. Snowshoes will not be needed for this hike, and we rarely use them in general, but are definitely needed to break trail if we recently had any significant snowfall. We like to carry a very small thermos with some sort of hot beverage which is so comforting to drink on a very cold day.

Event Coordinators: Mike Boisvert and Jon Normand

Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

To the Waterville Valley Ski Area Parking Lot #1 / Mount Tecumseh Trail head . From I-93, take exit 28 for Route 49. At the bottom of the exit ramp, head East on Route 49. After 10.4 miles, turn left onto Tripoli Road. Follow Tripoli Road for 1.2 miles, then turn left onto the Waterville Valley Ski Area access road (Fire Route 30). Follow the access road for 0.6 mile which will bring you to the parking areas and the ski lodge. Look for parking lot #1 (That is the closest parking lot to where the Mount Tecumseh trail begins.) We'll be driving a blue Toyota Tacoma truck.