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Mt Tecumseh Hike
Trip Report/Photos from shep5
I stayed up in Gorham for the night and decided to do another hike on Sunday. I had initially wanted to hike Mt. Cabot, but considering how sore I was from the previous day's hike of the Carter-Moriah Ridge, I settled on Mt. Tecumseh as a good "warm down". As I headed to Waterville Valley, it was snowing in Franconia Notch, but there had been nothing significant forecast. I arrived at the Waterville Valley Ski Resort parking lot at 9:20AM. I got ready and headed for the trailhead. It was overcast with a very light flurry in the air.
I started up the trail and was surprised that there were bare spots in the woods and on the trail. Still, the trail had been well-used and I was fine with wearing microspikes (I wasn't even carrying my snowshoes this time). After walking through the woods, I reached the area where the trail descended quickly and crossed the Tecumseh Brook before climbing up the other bank. It wasn't long after this point that made it to the short spur trail out to a view on the ski slopes. It was 10AM. Even though it was still a little gray and cloudy, there was a great view of the Tripyramids. At this point the trail steepened considerably in a very persistent climb to the ridge between Sosman Peak and Tecumseh. There were quite a few hikers out today, despite it being Easter. Along the way there was a good view of the Osceolas through breaks in the trees and just before 11AM, I reached the trail junction with the Sosman Trail. It looked like this had been lightly used, but it wasn't as packed as the main trail. Anyway, having reached the ridge the Mt Tecumseh Trail leveled out quite a bit and was a nice, brief reprieve. It was only a couple of minutes later that I made it to the trail split for the two trails for the summit. They were both broken out, but I stayed to the left. This trail was a little gentler and on the way up it provided a view of Mt. Mooselauke to the west. As I climbed the final stretch it became much colder with a very stiff wind and I summited Mt. Tecumseh (4003') at 11:10AM. There was a young couple here with their dogs and we chatted some (this was their first peak). On the climb up the sun had come out and it was partly sunny now, making the views all the better. The Osceolas, Tripyramids and Carrigain were all in view. The Presidential Range was partly obscured in the clouds, but could be seen in the distance. As we all chatted, I had a snack and a rest.
I started back down at 11:35. This time I took the other trail off of the summit (yellow blazed rather than the blue blazed trail I had taken up). This was steeper off of the summit, but it was less than 10 minutes before this reunited with the trail split and I began my descent by re-tracing my steps back down the mountain. It took about an hour to get back to the trailhead, which I reached again by 12:37PM.
This was a nice way to end the weekend. It was a relatively short hike, but it turned out to be a great day with good views over Waterville Valley and the surrounding peaks. This was just what I needed after the epic adventure, I had the day before on the Carter Ridge.
Total distance and elevation gain: 5.0 miles with approximately 2223 feet in cumulative elevatin gain.
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