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Elevation Gain
2,669.00 ft (813.51 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
7.20 mi (11.59 km)
Warming hut
No
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Bag two peaks on this out-and-back hike to the summits of Mount Starr King and Mount Waumbek. Mount Waumbek is one of New Hampshire’s 4,000-footers (the third shortest at 4,006 feet), and its wooded summit limits views. However, the view of the Presidential Range from Mount Starr King makes up for Waumbek’s limited views. The ascent is relatively steady the entire way with nothing extremely steep, so while this is a justly popular summer route, it also makes a great winter hike or snowshoe.

Park in the lot off of Route 2 and walk up Starr King Road until you reach the beginning of the Starr King Trail. Follow the Starr King Trail for 2.6 miles until you reach the summit of Mount Starr King, where you will be provided with a view of the Presidential Range. A cabin used to exist at this site, and the remains of a fireplace are still there today. After taking in the views, continue past the fireplace for the last mile to Mount Waumbek. While the summit of Mount Waumbek is wooded, continuing on 50 yards past the summit sign will provide you with another view of the Presidential Range. Retrace your steps back over Mount Starr King and back down to the parking lot.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Pros

Gradual ascent. Peak bagging.

Cons

Limited summit views.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Trailhead Elevation

1,650.00 ft (502.92 m)

Highest point

4,006.00 ft (1,221.03 m)

Features

Near lake or river
Historically significant
Wildlife
Big vistas

Typically multi-day

No

Groomed trail

No

Snowmobiles allowed

No

Location

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