Sunday, July 17, 2011

#8 Mt. Tecumseh September 6, 2008

#8 Mt. Tecumseh (4,003') via Mt. Tecumseh trail September 6, 2008

Mileage:  5 miles (RT)

Elevation gain:  2,200'

Trailhead:  Trail starts at Waterville Valley Ski Area.  I-93, exit 28 and follow signs for the ski area.  The trailhead is located near the top of parking lot #1.

Lesson learned:  With good planning we were able to bag this peak just before tropical storm Hannah hit the region.

Hiked with Rich.  We kept an eye on the skies as remnants of Hurricane Hannah (now a tropical storm) headed toward New England.  I still wanted to check this peak off my list and wasn't going to let the weather interfere. Since this peak was closer to us than the others and a shorter hike in comparison, we got there early, got down early and were at a restaurant in Waterville Valley having a beer before the rain and wind came.

The trailhead is located at the ski area near the upper parking lot.

There is an viewing area just off the trail (it's actually a ski run).
The trail was damp but otherwise unremarkable. The summit was wooded with no view to speak of though we caught glimpses of view here and there through the trees. 

Summit cairn ("Still Life with Packs")
This peak makes for a good half day hike, particularly if trying to avoid "iffy" weather as it's quite sheltered.  

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