Mount Tecumseh Trail

MODERATE 837 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
snow
5 hours ago

Hour 57 minutes up, roughly 50 minutes down. Steep hike, definitely bring micro spikes Good overall not much to see along the way but it checks a 4,000’ box

hiking
snow
7 hours ago

Great Hike. Packed snow. No snowshoes needed. Spikes we're perfect. Slow incline to start then gets really steep. Stay on the yellow trail all the way to the blue trail. It's a loop but yellow all the way up is very tough at the end.

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snow
23 hours ago

Great hike today (2/15). Decent amount of snow (well packed but gets a little dicey near the summit). Limited(ish) views for a 4k footer but not bad at all. I would recommend spikes but those who we passed with snowshoes said they were not needed.

hiking
1 day ago

incredible bluebird day with three freshman and a junior. first time leading a trip for tmc. trail did not end at the summit i just forgot to continue recording

snow
7 days ago

Snowshoes all the way. Beautiful trail. Great winter hike.

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snow
8 days ago

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snow
15 days ago

Great, moderate mountain. Relied on the poles all the way up considering I did not wear snowshoes/crampons. There’s one long stretch that really did a number on me, but certainly doable. Snow was very packed down, and the trail was moderately trafficked.

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful enchanting trail. Nicely packed - no snowshoes needed! Great view of mount Washington at the summit. Took about 2h40min round trip. Have fun sliding on your bum on the way down!

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snow
17 days ago

Packed snow all the way up! No need for snowshoes, only microspikes. Brought my snowshoes and added a lot of extra unnecessary weight

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snow
20 days ago

Very accessible winter 4000 footer. Trail head is in the Waterville Valley Ski are parking lot. Only saw a couple of other hikers on the trail. Microspikes all the way. Could have switched to snowshoes towards the top where there was 4” of new snow and it was steeper. Cloudy at the top so we couldn’t assess the view. We went counterclockwise at the loop on the top which worked well because it was very steep in the eastern section and descending this in the new snow made it easy. Climbing would not have been fun.

hiking
21 days ago

Trail conditions were challenging. Soft, slushy snow throughout most of the trail. While snow depth was not significant on the trail, those without snowshoes (I saw several) were leaving significant divots that probably froze over last night. I ascended the summit loop clockwise and found the first part (Blue) to be manageable. the second part (yellow) was quite steep and slippery in parts. Overall, I found the trail to be slightly more challenging than I expected, particularly mile 2. If you arrive early enough, you can park in Lot 1 directly across from trail head. By the time I left around 9, it looked like most traffic was going to Lot 8.

snow
27 days ago

This was the first of the 4,000 footers I've hiked in recent years. Went on 1/19 after about 6 inches of snow had fallen the night before and there was continual snowfall throughout the day. Snow shoes were essential to get go to the summit. Unfortanely the visibility was extremely low at the summit. It took our group about 5 1/2 hours from the Waterville Ski Resort to the top and back. We started our hike at 12:30 and descended the final half mile or so in darkness. I have this hike a 3 out of 5 because even in good weather the summit has limited views. Also the hike has few interesting natural features along the way and mostly just parallels a ski trail. The viewpoint is simply a side passage onto the ski path. While this was harder than anticipated, it was a solid first hike and a good challenge. I would only recommend it as a good entry point to the 48 challenge.

icy
1 month ago

hiked 1/13/20 with my dog. Trail is very icy for first 1/3, and a mix of ice and hard packed snow for the remainder. Microspikes 100% of the way. Near the summit, the blue trail splits off the yellow trail - TAKE the BLUE! If you continue on the yellow it is more technical with short scrambles and very icy terrain.

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snow
1 month ago

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snow
1 month ago

Hiked it on a day when we returned to the truck it was 50 degrees. Snow on the trail but spikes were fine. Didn’t do the full loop at the top just went left at the split to summit and went down the same way. GPS said total distance was 5.2 miles.

hiking
1 month ago

Perfect conditions today. No wind, light snow, beautiful views with cloud breaks. Boots up, added microspikes for coming down. Some drifting near the top easy to navigate. Doesn’t get any better! Trail is in wonderful winter shape.

hiking
1 month ago

Light snow all day and cool temps made for an excellent day out. Micro-spikes required for the whole journey, plus snowshoes to forge fresh trails on the "Tecumseh Trail " portion after the split right before the summit. Per forecast, very windy and in the clouds at top so we did not hang around too long.

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icy
snow
1 month ago

Great trail! Our first NH 4000 footer and winter hike. Parts of the trail were icy but we were able to get up most with just spikes - no snow shoes. Chilly at the top! Enjoy.

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snow
1 month ago

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snow
2 months ago

Nice gradual trail to the summit. A good entry point to hiking 4kers in the Whites. Lots of ice today but almost no snow. I ended up using micro spikes almost from car to summit and back.

hiking
icy
2 months ago

Spikes today. A few dicey spots but nothing overwhelming. Good view from summit. Short and sweet!

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snow
2 months ago

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2 months ago

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