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Elevation Gain
2,283.00 ft (695.86 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
5.00 mi (8.05 km)
Warming hut
No
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With an elevation of 4,003 feet, Mount Tecumseh is the shortest of the 48 4,000-footers, and it makes for a popular summer hike. This 5-mile snowshoe and microspike route up Mount Tecumseh begins at the Waterville Valley Ski Area. The trailhead is at the upper right side of the parking area.

Upon leaving the ski area parking lot, the trail crosses a small stream and continues ascending gradually. At 1.1 miles the trail crosses a brook and climbs to meet the original route, which was an old logging road. At this point you can take a short 20-yard spur on the left side of the trail to a view from the side of the ski slopes. Back on the Tecumseh Trail the trail bears right and follows the old road as it climbs steadily. At 2.2 miles in you will reach the junction with the Sosman Trail. Continue to the right on the Tecumseh Trail and you will reach the loop junction to the summit. Take either path to the summit. The summit provides views east toward Mount Tripyramid. To return to the ski area parking lot, retrace your steps 2.5 miles back down the Tecumseh Trail.  

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Pros

Steady climb. Views at the summit.

Cons

Lot not plowed if the ski area is closed.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Trailhead Elevation

1,866.00 ft (568.76 m)

Highest point

4,003.00 ft (1,220.11 m)

Features

Family friendly
Near lake or river
Wildlife
Big vistas
Bird watching

Typically multi-day

No

Groomed trail

No

Snowmobiles allowed

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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