Mount Waumbek and Mount Starr King Trail

MODERATE 86 reviews

Mount Waumbek and Mount Starr King Trail is a 6.4 mile out and back trail located near Jefferson, New Hampshire that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,700 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

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nature trips

snowshoeing

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forest

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snow

Beautiful trail through open hardwoods to great view of Northern Presidentials The trail starts off through a beautiful hardwood forest with an open feel with out any leaves on the trees. The grade begins as a steady, gentle incline and never gets very steep. At 3,000 feet the hard woods are replaced by evergreens, creating a cozy feel as you approach the summit of Starr King. The best views are from Starr King to the south overlooking a vast plain and the entire Presidential Range. The trail continues on at the large stone fireplace left from a former shelter. The summit of Waumbek is wooded, but the walk over from Starr King is beautiful.

28 days ago

I enjoyed this trail because of its different terains and great views. Also because of the history of Star King! This was his favorite vacation spot :)
*If staying in the area try the Applebrook B&B.

hiking
1 month ago

This was an awesome hike. The whole trail was quite gradual and in great condition. The views from Starr King were awesome as we watched the smoke from the cog ascending to the summit of Mt. Washington. The trail between Starr King and Waumbek is clear and easy. There’s an opening just past the summit you can see the Presidential Range from. Was surprised to find Jack-in-the-Pulpit plants trailside on this hike. Very cool.

hiking
2 months ago

Perfect day for a hike. The trail is dry down below but at about 1,000' elevation gain you get some ice and compacted snow (12May18). It gets heavier as you go then you have more stretches of "monorail" compacted snow and some risk of slipping and post-holing. I had spikes with me but never put them on (I also had my poles which helped). The trail conditions were a bit annoying but fun "skiing" your way down! The views from Starr King were awesome and with all the blow down there's a 2nd spot just past the Waumbec summit with views. Enjoy!

hiking
2 months ago

Moderate climb. Clear but muddy at the bottom, icy (monorail most of the way) and mashed potatoes. Bring your spikes. No view on Mt Waumbek but Star King was beautiful.

trail running
2 months ago

Much fun, much slipping & sliding. The snow was slushy, used microspikes, pretty easy hike. Spent about a solid hour on the peak. If you wanna start trail running on mountain trails after a long time, this is a good place to start.

IMPORTANT: Great views of the snow capped Presidential range are available only on the spot beyond the peak. There would be finches on the ledge.

Happy Hiking. Stay safe.

hiking
2 months ago

Perfect weather and the view from Starr King was splendid. Wonderful fairly early start made it so the mud was not an issue on the way up. The top is still very snow covered but packed so no post holes. It was in the 40's when we reached the top of Waumbek and in the 60's by the time we got to the bottom of Starr King. Unfortunately the Spring thaw has started so from the time we left the evergreens, through the hardwoods and down to the parking lot was quite slushy, muddy, and slippery. We only met two other men on Monday but when we went by on Sunday the parking lot was filled. It really was a nice weather weekend for getting some climbing in.

hiking
3 months ago

Gorgeous day up this mountain. All the hard work on the way up lead to a nice pay off. Great views from Starr King and they aren’t bad from the peak either. The jay hawks love the visitors. Did this in spikes today, mashed potatoes on the way out and lots of friendly hikers.

hiking
3 months ago

Not steep at all (Do Liberty, that is steep). Easy to hike. Trail is well packed but I still recommend snow shoes so you don't destroy the trail. Good views on Starr King, nothing much on Waumbek. Not worth sacrificing a whole day for and getting only one 4000 footer. Glad to scratch this off the list.

hiking
4 months ago

It’s a very unique hike, and easy as well but there are NO summit views which is a real bummer but its a good easy hike!

hiking
5 months ago

Perfect for your first winter 4k. Views from Starr King are AMAZING and will give you the courage you need (or maybe, don't need) to continue on the ridge to Waumbek. Take care when parking your car in the winter though, there's a large lot on Rt. 2 just across from the turn for Starr King Road where you can park! Someone got their car stuck on Starr King Rd. when we were hiking. A great place to see the grey jays, btw.

hiking
5 months ago

Well broken and marked trail. Beautiful in the winter with moderate inclines and stretches of flat terrain

6 months ago

Gorgeous in the winter

hiking
8 months ago

Nice little hike. Easier than most N.H. 48 4K’s. Nice view at the top of Mt. Starr king. No views at Waumbek.

hiking
9 months ago

Lovely moderate hike with a decent view at the top. It was a clear day and were able to see the top of Mt Washington and the weather station. It was a NH 4000 footer as well

hiking
10 months ago

Very Steep hike. Unusually warm and humid this past weekend. The hike is manageable but felt way more draining after hiking 5 other mountains the previous days. Nice old well at the beginning of the hike. We did see a lot of moose tracks towards the top of the mountain but didn't see any moose.

Entering fair warning - the road is gravel and there are pockets where if you have a small car you could find yourself stuck.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

good hike not much of a view

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Fairly easy hike. View is beautiful past the peak of Mt Waumbek. Our first of 48 is complete!!!

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

#12 4K for me. I went on 7/3/17 Trail was pretty muddy and slick from the massive rain we had a few days ago, otherwise a pretty easy trail. The views on Starr king were great. The connector trail between Starr King and Waimbek, even though muddy,was really nice. Found a lot little lookout about 100 yards past Waumbek's summit.

hiking
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

First 4k. Only 47 more to go. A good solid hike. Liked the hike between Starr king and Waumbek. Great view off Starr. Glad to have done it dont think ill do again unless its with someone else trying to complete the 48

hiking
Monday, May 15, 2017

Hiked up Saturday, still some snow for the last 200 ft. I was unprepared in sneakers, but it was still doable. The gray jays were out and it was a beautiful day. Views are better at the summit of Mt. Starr King but it was a pleasant hike between the two summits.

Friday, March 31, 2017

great winter hike.

hiking
Monday, March 27, 2017

as stated by others, this is a very good winter hike, due to the steady, medium incline. No real steep sections to climb with snowshoes, and if you pick the right day like we did, the views are awesome from both peaks.

hiking
Sunday, December 08, 2013

I heard there was not views during the summer but this makes an awesome hike in the winter. I did this in mid March 2013 and I was standing on 6 feet of snow. This is advantage because you are almost above tree line. Highly recommend this is a winter hike.

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