Mt. Waumbek Hike
4000 Footer DATE: 08/21/2021 - 08/21/2021
Trip/Event Location: Jefferson, NH
Max # People: 10
Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money
Difficulty Level: Moderate to Strenuous
Enjoy a 7.2 mile moderate hike with an elevation gain of 2729 feet through a beautiful hardwood forest to Mount Waumbek (a NH 4000 footer) via the Starr King Trail. Although the summit of Waumbek is...
This trail begins on Starr King Road, a gravel road to several houses that leaves the north side of US 2 [trail sign] 0.2 miles east of its junction with NH 115A. Go up road, always bearing left to avoid driveways on the right, then bear right into small parking lot at 0.25 mile. We'll be driving a blue Toyota Tacoma.
The moderate hike to Starr King and Waumbek was ideal today since the air was so humid! The path has good footing and never has a steep grade. We enjoyed seeing a variety of mushrooms and mossy sections. Some views of the Presidential Range peaks and Mt Washington were veiled with haze and clouds. The best viewpoints are at Mt Starr King and in the blowdown area just beyond the summit of Mt Waumbek off the Kilkenny Ridge Trail. Nice to meet all the friendly hikers and dogs during the day.
We were so hot and sweaty from the humidity that we jumped into the cool water of the Mad River at our house and scrubbed the mud off our legs. After the swim Jon cooked up a delicious Espanaca Chicken with corn black bean salad, Spanish rice and nachos. Ole! Yummy!!!
It was good to reconnect with our friend Jonny and whom we haven’t seen in years. We welcome Chris on his first hike with us and looking forward to see him and his partner Ronnie on future adventures. And last but not least, we thank our true and faithful 4,000 footers hiking buddies Ricardo, Randy and Bob. Good time by all!
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