Summit Mount Waumbek via the Starr King Trail

Summit Mount Waumbek via the Starr King Trail

Starr King Trailhead

Distance

7.2 Miles

Elevation Gain

1500 Feet

Activities

Photography, Snowshoeing, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Wildlife

This hike allows you to summit a 4000 footer with minimal and gradual elevation gain - perfect for the aspiring winter hiker! 

The hike starts out at the Starr King trailhead because you will summit Starr King Mountain (3,907 ft - so close to being a 4000 footer!) before moving on to Waumbek. The 2.6 miles that it takes to get to the first summit are gradual and forgiving. The majority of the total elevation is completed during that time. The first 1.5 miles is through tall spaced out trees that let the sun shine through, and then the last mile is through dense forest (which in the winter was pretty cold)! The view from the summit of Starr King is beautiful, and ultimately will be better than the view from the top of Waumbek. Continue 1 more mile to reach the summit! We enjoyed doing the hike in the winter because the trail was nice and packed down and we were able to see all kinds of adorable animal prints in the fresh snow. It was almost like seeing the animals themselves. I learned that there are many more bunnies in the White Mountains than I expected! Will definitely be trying this trail again in the summer. 

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

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Beautiful winter hike!

My first winter 4k -- a great choice. Views from Starr King make up for Waumbek's wooded summit.

Great winter hike!

We went up during the winter and found it a nice, easy and relaxing hike.

Distance

7.2 Miles

Elevation Gain

1500 Feet

Activities

Photography, Snowshoeing, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

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