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Mount Tecumseh Trail is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Waterville Valley, New Hampshire that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 5.2 mi Elevation gain 2,283 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Hiking Snowshoeing Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Snow
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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!

New Hampshire Division of Travel & Tourism, P.O. Box 1856 , Concord, NH, 03302-1856, Phone: 603-271-2665

To the Waterville Valley Ski Area Parking Lot #1 / Mount Tecumseh Trail head From I-93, take exit 28 for Route 49. At the bottom of the exit ramp, head East on Route 49. After 10.4 miles, turn left onto Tripoli Road. Follow Tripoli Road for 1.2 miles, then turn left onto the Waterville Valley Ski Area access road (Fire Route 30). Follow the access road for 0.6 mile which will bring you to the parking areas and the ski lodge. Look for parking lot #1 (That is the closest parking lot to where the Mount Tecumseh trail begins.)

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Nathan Schiele
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Nicholas Payiatis
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great views even with the fallen leaves. I started using Bryant's moisturizer (skisalve.com) and my face felt super moisturized even after hiking in the cooler weather!

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Courtney Gentile
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Not a very enjoyable trail, not much at the summit either, going down the ski trails was the best part.

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regina tsetseranos
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Very enjoyable hike!

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Julie McCown
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My first 4000 footer. It was very wet and muddy with snow on the top half. There are lots of stairs but not as bad as anticipated. We hiked this on a Sunday and it was very crowded. It took us 4 1/2 hours.

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Kelsey MacDonald
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muddy on the bottom half, snowy on the top. great quick hike, especially if you like stairs. just about 3 hours round trip.

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Jay Tobia
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Jim Ellersick
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Erica M
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Christopher Fialkowski
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Dave Lastovsky
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Got lucky on this one. Traveled there on a rainy Saturday morning. The cold, grey, day warded off most hikers. The summit had a few inches of snow, which made the hike much more fun. This seems like a great hike when the weathers poor. Less people, and close to Massachusetts (if you’re also coming from them). Also, not to beat a dead horse, lots of stairs. Steep, but nothing crazy.

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Jacob Cope
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Bob Rea
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Steps. So many steps! The trail is in good condition, and I was surprised how wet it was on the top half given our drought conditions. Beautiful views. I took Sosman trail over to top of the ski lift and walked down the blue trail. I really didn't want to go down the steps. Bonus... you get a great view all the way down when you go this way.

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Ryan Ferguson
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Nice little hike! Started to get busy on the way down. Water relatively low and a little slippery.

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Bob Rea
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If you like the stairmaster, this one is for you!

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Eileen Macron
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We absolutely loved hiking Mount Tecumseh today! It's a relatively short trip to the top (about an hour and a half). Some of the steps were slippery from yesterday's rain. The summit is small and a few trees obstruct the view. But, if you take the ski slopes down via the Sosman Trail, you get an unbeatable look at fall foliage in the White Mountains!

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David Lewin
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Steph Moreau
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If you like going up stone stairs while being surrounded by the beauty of nature, then this hike is right for you! I hustled and goto the summit in about 90 minutes. It’s a very small area up there and gets quite crowded so I would advise you plan to be at the top by 11 AM to beat the crowds. I read some reviews where folks took the ski slopes down. I regret heeding that advice. I much preferred the constant steps over the constant slope on the grassy ski trails. I felt like the only thing I could do was jog down, rather than resist gravity. And although the view was gorgeous for the first 10 minutes, it didn’t change much for the remaining 50 minutes and felt like I was never going to get to the bottom.

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Tiffany Montgomery
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Sarah Bourque
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it really was a beautiful hike. the forrest was absolutely gorgeous.binlive how the surrounding forest changes as I went up. the leaves were bright and it totally smelled like fall! I took tecumseh trail, I got turned around after the trail looked like it ran into a dead end so make sure if you feel like it's ran into a river and there's no where left to go you look to your left, the trail is a little tricky to see there but it's there! I got there at 7:15am and there were only 4 other cars there but by the time I was all geared up the cars were pouring in. not very crowded on the way up but definitely congested on the way down with people going up. a little muddy in a few places but no ice yet. the summit was small so we had to take turns for pictures but everyone was super nice and it was a beautiful view! make sure you stop on the ski trail on the way up to check out the view, it's pretty! this was my 1st solo hike and it was awesome! I saw very small children doing this hike so it's definitely not super difficult!

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Dinara Lewis
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Good trail condition, some wet and slippery areas. Strenuous at times but overall a steady uphill. Today’s weather could be better for a hike!

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Brendan Grady
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Jackie Mombourquette
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Think of this as one massively long staircase. I would recommend it as a beginner 4,000 footer for those who want to start tackling the many 4,000 footers in New Hampshire. Also, please please go to the sky resort portion; the views are unmatched and it was so worth it. We even took the whole ski trail down to bask in the sunlight and views. On the regular trail, just be careful and make sure you have adequate shoes as the ground can be quite damp and slippery this time of year, regardless of whether it rained the day before or not.

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Meelz On The Move
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If you want to experience the best stone steps the white mountains have to offer - look no further. This trail offers a gradual start leading to a steeper final mile of non-technical terrain. With a lovely small summit. I suggest starting early (we opted for 7am at the trailhead) and wandering off the spur to see the top of the ski resort .5 miles from the summit junction.

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Dan Ahern
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Great hike, about 2 hours up with couple stops. Small summit limited views, but perfect weather, our first 4,000.

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Julie Roberts
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Great view but small area at the top. I would say between east and moderate.

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