Alewife(Cambridge, MA 02140, USA)
Cambridge, MA 02140
Meetup, Social Good, Sports & Active Life
Mount Waumbek and Mount Starr King Trail is a 6.5 mile out and back trail located near Jefferson, New Hampshire that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. Mt. Waumbek is one of the NH 48 and one of the easiest to summit, although it does not have any views itself. Luckily Starr King is on the way and is one of the 52WAV due to its incredible views of the Presidential Mountains to the south. This is a great hike to start with if you're planning to work on one of the lists like the New Hampshire 48 4000 footers or 52 With a View!
This is a moderately difficult out and back hike.
Approximate distance ~ 7 miles
Total Ascent is approximately ~ 2700 feet elevation gain
Although this hike is considered one of the easiest 4,000 footers in the White Mountains it will still be strenuous for anyone who has not recently hiked in the Whites. It is November: welcome to shoulder season in the White Mountains. Although it is not yet winter, you should be prepared for the possibility of winter-like conditions and dress and layer appropriately. Depending on the weather, you might need to bring microspikes and winter hiking boots.
Previous and recent White Mountain hiking experience is required - you must have done at least 2,000 ft of elevation gain within the past three months. If you don't have the gear, you will not be allowed to join the hike. No exceptions! If I haven’t hiked with you or your Ridj-it profile is bare, please answer these questions before signing up:
1) When were your last three hikes? When were they? How many miles was each one? What was the elevation gain of each one? (Note - not total elevation - elevation gain).
2) What does your exercise routine look like?
3) Will you have all of the required gear for this hike? Don't sign up if you don't!
This is not an exhaustive list. You are responsible for your own safety and preparedness.
Waterproof, hiking boots (no sneakers)
Water-resistant or waterproof pants.
Non-cotton base layer
Breathable mid-layer (eg: microfleece)
Water-proof hard/soft shell jacket
2 - 3 liters of water
Snacks and lunch. You will be burning a lot of energy!
Trekking poles (recommended)
First aid kit
Headlamp or flashlight – your phone does not count