Mount Tecumseh Trail is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Waterville Valley, NH that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, downhill skiing, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
The smallest of New Hampshire's 4,000 footers (standing at 4,003 feet tall) sits adjacent to Waterville Valley Ski area. A lovely hike to do during any season! Follow the trail 1.2 miles to a view point then another 1 (steep) mile to the cross trail between the Tecumseh Trail and the Sosman trail. From there, the summit is 0.3 miles away. There are limited views, but it is still beautiful!
Would not call this easy, definitely a moderate hike with some steep areas. Took us about 4 hours round trip with some breaks. Decent view at the top! Overall a nice hike!
I disagree with the rating of easy. I'd say it's a moderate trail. There are some steep areas.
Do not be fooled! It may be the smallest 4000 footer, but that doesn't mean it's easy! The trail head is across the road from the 1st parking section at Waterville Valley Ski Resort. It starts off nice and easy but abruptly transforms into the "ultimate stair master". It is a moderate hike that will really get your heart rate going, but very fun. The majority of the path is in the woods, with an occasional scenic overlook via the trails. It took us (two mid-twenties intermediate hikers and one very cute Dutch Shepard) 1:35 hours up and 3:22 hours round trip using the Mt. Tecumseh trail both ways (2.5 mi one direction).
Great hike. A bit steep but manageable--just take your time and enjoy. There's a great viewpoint on the slopes of Waterville Valley for a nice break and while the summit is small it is perfect for hanging out.
The architecture of the trail was pretty impressive. There was a stone staircase built for about half of the trail. It is quite difficult to hike up though, once you start going up you REALLY start going up. I wasn't wicked impressed by the views but it was still great to see all of the surrounding mountains and such.
Awesome hike with exceptional views of Osceola, Tripyramids, Passaconaway and Washington looming in the distance, i waited for sunset and hiked over on Sossmans trail to an outlook where the red sky and clouds made for an astonishing end, with Moosilauke, Lafayette, Lincoln and liberty shooting into the sky surrounded by silhouetted blue and purple hills.
This trail is fairly difficult. Once you start going up it just keeps going without any flat places to catch your breath. The view of the Sandwich Range is worth it though.
The highlight of the trail for me was the craftsmanship of the trail itself. You can tell that the stone steps and cut outs for rivulets trickling across the trail were built with care. The trail is easy to follow and also well-maintained.
Going down the trail can be tough on the knees but thank goodness for those stone steps which really make the going easier. Also notable are three stream crossings where you need to hop rock to rock to cross.
All in all a fun hike to pretty good views.
still a lot of ice at the top two weeks ago, but what a great trail. took the wolfhound with me, and went out to the ski trails for a view. ate lunch at the summit on a beautiful cloudy day and then took the Sosman over to the head of the chair lifts and let Banjo go crazy running down the empty trails.
Fun cinco de mayo hike, the last half would have been easier with micro cleats. We slid Down the remaining ice patches on the ski slopes to avoid the trail Ice.
5/1/15 still some ice & snow covering the trail. Crampons or micro spikes suggested. The views, etc. were nice. Some craggy areas and be careful of slipping on moss on the rocks along Sossman pass. It rained & snowed so that added to the concern. Easier and faster to hike down the ski slope, which had little snow. You just have to deal with the incline. Take one of the smaller slopes to the right on the descent. Met a few people along the way. The weather took away the view from the summit, but overall a great hike!
Definitely need ice cleats in winter or early spring! Bring skis or a snowboard and come down the slopes after taking the Sosman trail on your descent.
Finished this one 12/12/15. Very rocky and steep. Was icy about half-way up and I didn't bring micro spikes. This one probably would have been easier with them but made it any way. The technical nature of the trail left me with some inflammation in the tendons of my left knee. If you are prone to this sort of thing, bring a knee brace. Was a crowded trail and with limited views once I reached the top. Also, limited area to sit and relax once I got up there. Was my first 4000 footer. Hope the rest are a little better than this first one.