Mount Tecumseh Trail

MODERATE 169 reviews

Mount Tecumseh Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately 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
2283 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

skiing

snowshoeing

walking

forest

river

views

rocky

snow

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
40 minutes ago

Great family hike

hiking
1 day ago

Incredible day on Saturday for a hike. The view from the top was crystal clear and the trail was packed and a bit slushy. Would highly recommend doing this before all the snow melts over the next week or so. Great little hike. Didn't use spikes or snow shoes.

1 day ago

For a short distance to the top of this 4k you will be packing a punch, it is quite steep, but the path is well-marked, no issues with that! Need microspikes, the snow was melting in a lot of areas though so it was REALLY slippery, I gotta say this mountain surprised me with how hard that last part was, it just keeps going up and up and with melted snow well..... I was extra slow! View at top was amazing and worth it and the decent was a breeze!

23 days ago

A beautiful day, and no regrets. Definitely would rate this a moderate trail. A little slushy down bottom, but not muddy yet. A steady incline for most of the trail. It firmed up enough where we could use micro spikes and not do any damage. You can tell this trail is used by a lot of casual hikers. Lots of post holes and doggy presents. It’s all good, glad to see people taking time to enjoy the mountains. I prefer a little more solitary experience myself, but it was a pleasant day with friends and sunshine. And we got to check a 4K off the list, so happy Easter and happy trails!

hiking
1 month ago

Based on other reviews and the description I thought I was going to have to break the trail. This has seen a lot of traffic and I even passed about 20 people. I'd still say use snowshoes and if you are winter hiking you really need them. I mention that because of all the foot holes in the trail. But yes, a good hike, but not worth doing again.

hiking
1 month ago

Great day for a hike! The trail is perfectly flat snowpack right now. Hiked in winter boots with micro spikes, which was perfect. No ice, just a nice smooth trail the whole way up!! Hiked with 2 dogs, 1 hr 10 minutes up, 45 mins down. Great views of snow capped presidentials in the distance. Passed a couple of people in snow shoes and one guy skinning up.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this one in December during the beginnings of a storm. Majority of the trail was unpacked snow roughly 10-12 inches in depth. Even with spikes the descent was tough, limited reward at the summit due to visibility. Great workout and a good story to tell nonetheless.

hiking
2 months ago

Damn, but that last mile was a killer.

This was my very first hike ever, and I didn't quite expect a 30°-45° ascent to get to the summit. But I did it, so I guess that makes me a hiker now.

It was beautiful, though, what with meandering streams and everything covered in snow. The weather was perfect, sunny and in the low 20s. Spikes are essential.

hiking
4 months ago

Traction needed!

At least spikes and snowshoes aren’t bad for a the descent but not necessary. Awesome short trail, gains about 2k in elevation over 1.5 miles so it can be tough if you’re not used to it but it’s nothing scary and the summit and hike back down is breezy and lovely!

hiking
4 months ago

A great trail, pretty much steady uphill the whole way with a couple pretty steep areas. There’s not a wide view at the summit but you can see pretty far in a limited arc. Washington and the Southern Presidentials were snow-capped and looked great, and Tripyramid was pretty imposing about 5 miles away.

Bring spikes, you’ll need them. It got snowy maybe 3/4 mile up on Nov 25.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail overall not too much too see at the top but the 1 mile stretch straight up can be difficult if out of shape!! Spikes are a must , especially for coming down with the snow cover..!!

4 months ago

Good winter hike! The straight up for a mile was a bit killer, but we are still beginner hikers. Beautiful scenery hiking up the trail with the cozy snow covered pines.

hiking
4 months ago

Great 4 Seasons hike today 11/25/17. Just enough snow dusting and ice to fill in some of the rocket. Steady hike straight up, no switch backs. Just over 2 hours up and 1.5 hours down. Small view at the top.

hiking
4 months ago

What a great winter hike. Not too icy but still a slippery challenge. Pretty fast up and back. One sided view that is beautiful!

hiking
5 months ago

Wasn’t prepared for snow on the ground, but it made it even better. Constant climb. Great workout.
1 hr 45 to summit, 1 hr 15 to come down.
If you start at Waterville Valley Ski Resort, try to park at Lot 1, that’s where trail head is located.
Tripoli Rd is closed during the winter months (starting in November) after the Ski Resort (going west). If you’re coming from I-93 exit 28 and then 49, getting here is not a problem. The other trailhead starting further west on Tripoli road is accessible via exit 31 with exception of winter (November til April) as Tripoli Rd is closed. Again: trailhead on Tripoli Rd NIT accessible in the winter.

6 months ago

The trail was closed today! Please be warned. We headed over to Osceola but it was disappointing to not hike where we planned.

hiking
6 months ago

This is a hike I did in the early part of Winter. It was a milder winter, and the trail was less snow-packed than I would have expected. My sister, her boyfriend and I were ok with standard waterproof hiking boots and didn't need snowshoes. In deeper snow pack, I would say this trail would absolutely require snow boots, and snow shoes would be recommended. It's a fun trail because parts of it run right along the Waterville Valley ski area and you can see the action on the slopes!

6 months ago

Trail starts out relatively flat. The middle section is mostly stairs with a constant uphill grade. Towards the top it flattens out for the last 1/2 mile or so. One viewpoint from the top, and one outlook on the trail.

hiking
6 months ago

In my journey to complete the NH48, I like to bring friends along who may not be looking to crush the 48, but who still might like to crush a summit beer with me. Tecumseh did not disappoint anyone! Plenty of parking at Waterville, which was a welcome change from some of the USFS parking lots and the like.

7 months ago

Not sure I would say it was easy. The last mile was straight up the mountain. It had limited views but nice nonetheless!!

7 months ago

Quick out and back. In woods all the time. Nice river crossings.

7 months ago

It's certainly an "easy" 4000-footer, but I wouldn't necessarily call this an easy hike. As others have stated, it's a straight shot up the mountain after the switchbacks. Great workout!

For those looking for some perspective...this was my 13-year old daughter's first 4000-footer. We've hiked several smaller hikes this summer. We reached the summit in about 1 hour 45 minutes.

Recommendation...hike Welch-Dickey first. If you struggle on WD, you'll probably struggle on Tecumseh, as well. If you feel good on WD, you'll be fine here.

7 months ago

Not an easy hike. Harder than expected, especially the 2nd half. View is not as nice as many other easy trails.

hiking
7 months ago

The first mile is well marked and a relatively easy to hike (gradual incline with switchbacks). The rest of the hike is quite difficult because it is a fairly straight shot up to the summit. Don't let the barely 4000 foot summit fool you on difficulty. There are a lot of man-made steps that make the hike easier, but it is definitely hard on the quads. The views from the summit are average. At the fork by the summit sign, take the left path (blue markers) because it's shorter. The right path (yellow markers) is more climbing and longer.

hiking
8 months ago

Not much to see and harder than expected. Summit view is worse than your average 4,000-footer, and the rough last mile hike may not be worth it. Good exercise though, despite my 57-year-old mother's crazy fatigue.

hiking
8 months ago

Tough hike. Not much of a summit.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Nothing to write home about, a nice and easy 4,000 footer. Did this in the evening after hiking Moosilauke earlier that day.

hiking
8 months ago

Fairly straightforward hike. There is about a 30 min steep and rocky section towards the top of the summit, but otherwise the trail is a breeze.

hiking
8 months ago

This was a nice nice starter 4,000 footer (challenging without being grueling.) Many built in steps on the way up. Woods and trail were much nicer than I expected for being next to a popular ski resort. Beautiful views to one side at the top. We saw a lot of families and hikers with dogs.

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