Mount Tecumseh Trail

MODERATE 437 reviews

Mount Tecumseh Trail is a 4.9 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, walking, downhill skiing, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 4.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,283 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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!

hiking
37 minutes ago

The trail is/was buggy and not well marked in sections. Well maintained otherwise. Good views at top and ample parking at trailhead.

hiking
7 hours ago

A easy hike for anyone looking to gain an introduction to the 4000 footers. Took me about 1.5 hours to reach the summit. The first mile is relatively easy, and the second mile has a lot of stairs. Some mud in parts, but not bad. The bugs at the summit were annoying, but they weren't much of a nuisance while hiking.

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bugs
1 day ago

Great hike and my first solo last week. Like others have said the second half of the hike is where you get most of the elevation and it’s mostly stone stairs that you climb up. It was also very buggy, so I didn’t stay at the top too long. Not that I’ve hiked many 4,000 footers yet (this was my 5th), but I would say this is the easiest one with a great view still.

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rocky
3 days ago

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bugs
muddy
3 days ago

Good trail for someone beginning their 48. Today was particularly buggy and muddy. The trail is pretty easy at first but then climbs steeply; there are many stone steps places on the trail for easy ascent. Views aren’t bad but not the most spectacular. There is another nice view point that leads out to a ski trail.

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muddy
rocky
4 days ago

First 4000 footer of the year, cloudy day but the weather held off and the trail is really a good starter for someone who has never done a 4000 before. Easily done with kids!

bugs
6 days ago

very buggy with not much payoff. first 4k of the season

This was my first 4,000 footer. took about 4 hours round trip, including spending some time at the top. it was steep for the last mile or so up, but worth the trip.

hiking
9 days ago

Fun little trail, good maintenance. Took an hour and 15 minutes to summit. Small summit area but good views on a clear day.

9 days ago

Good trail to start your 4k footer journey on. Dogg friendly and most kids about 10 or over could do it with some breaks. The last 1.25 miles is where you'll get most of your elevation gain. If you use the trail from the ski parking, about half way there is a great place to sit for a break (if you need one), eat a nice lunch, and take in some great views. Just a nice overall hike. Can be done in about 2.5hrs taking it easy if your in decent shape, plan a little longer if your not.

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bugs
muddy
rocky
9 days ago

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muddy
rocky
10 days ago

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muddy
rocky
scramble
10 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

an easy 4000 footer, but still a 4000 footer. no snow, a little mud. small spot for a view and a little crowded but still amazing. #9 for me

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bugs
muddy
rocky
11 days ago

Overall, a solid hike. Clear skies and great weather. The trail was maintained in great shape, although there is one large tree that is down in the middle, which can be avoided easily enough . Some muddy sections, which could be avoided. Many small gnats in certain areas. Adequately marked with signage throughout the hike. A few small brooks to cross. First part of the hike was a solid nature walk. Once you hit the stairway to heaven, which goes through hell first, you start to climb. Pretty steep at times, but In great condition. There is a nice lookout from the ski trails a short walk off the main path. The summit area was small but awarded nice views. You are in the trees for a majority of the hike so it was nice to get into a clearing. Overall, solid, very dog friendly hike.

hiking
rocky
15 days ago

This hike is often suggested as a beginner hike for those wanting to start their quest for the 4000 footers. I would caution hiker to think of this as “easy”. It starts off with a gentle pleasant climb for the first mile. Then the trail turns steep for the next 1.2ish miles. There are areas that were muddy and slippery today. Some of these remain muddy for a good part of the summer. The trail is rocky with areas of really nice stone steps, thanks to awesome trail maintenance!! With that being said it is one of my favorites. It is great for early hiking season training. It is well traveled, which makes it more comfortable for me when hiking solo. The view at the top is beautiful. There is also a trail that leads to the top of the ski area that is nice and offers a different view.

15 days ago

we climbed to come said today. It was a little harder than we remembered :-) but we enjoyed it. There were no views because it was overcast but it is lovely. We did run into a geological crew at the top who told us it's only 3996 ft but then a young man said well Snapchat says it's 4003 so we had a good laugh :-)

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bugs
muddy
rocky
17 days ago

One small section of monorail. No spikes needed

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muddy
19 days ago

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blowdown
21 days ago

Beautiful trail whoever does the trail maintenance your on point. One blow down on the way up and there was a few on the connecting trail to the slopes. Great view on 5/27. Monorail pretty much gone except in a few spots easy to get around. Water crossings were uneventful.

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bugs
muddy
rocky
22 days ago

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muddy
snow
24 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

Great hike! Monorail still present on a couple spots. Prefect views and weather

30 days ago

Not too bad for a 4000 footer. Perfect way to break in my winter legs. I brought my dog and we had a great time. Definitely recommend spikes for the way down for the monorail that starts after about 3/4 mile.

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

Super nice hike today. We were happy to had brought micro spikes. It’s definitely doable without, but a lot easier with them. Not too crowded either. My first 4000 footer in the books.

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muddy
snow
1 month ago

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muddy
snow
1 month ago

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muddy
rocky
snow
1 month ago

Lots of snow and ice you have been warned. Easy hike though.

muddy
snow
1 month ago

fun hike with a nice easterly view at the summit. spikes recommended as trail is all snow halfway up on 5/12/19

hiking
snow
1 month ago

will want microspikes or snowshoes when snow is present

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