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

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

snow

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.

9 days ago

Hiked November 11, 2018. Good amount of snow on the trail but trail was well maintained. Took us 5 hrs 15 min (took 3 hrs to summit). Parking lot was full and saw about 10-12 people on the trail (some with dogs). Moderate incline throughout with some plateaus (never very steep and no steep boulders to climb as some of the other 4000s). First mile is mix of mud, water, ice and snow and then the trail becomes more a more packed/firm ice/snow. There was probably about 6 inches of snow throughout the second half of the hike. I used my micro spikes and hiking poles majority of the time. Was thankful for my hat and gloves. If you walk about 2 minutes past the Waumbeck summit sign there is a nice lookout (I think of a Washington). Was cold but manageable with a layers. Almost all of the trail is under tree line but it was beautiful under the snow covered trees and the mounds of snow. Agree with others that this was a good winter hike - if you have micro spikes.

15 days ago

Not a terribly hard 4000ftr. Good for winter hiking. Did it in 3.5 hours with a 10 minute break at the top.

hiking
17 days ago

I went on November 3rd after it had been raining for a few weeks, so no surprise there is a lot of mud and water, and ice and snow towards the top. Definitely steeper on the first half, but then becomes more moderate. I went on a grey day because I saw that it was recommended for a rainy day hike, and as summits are below tree line, it’s not like you’re missing out on amazing views and can instead appreciate the trees in the mist. My Garmin said I had done 8 miles in the end, but I’m not sure where it got that from.

hiking
29 days ago

Great hike. Some clouds and snow squalls, so limited views, but overall great hike. Total time was 4.5 hours including a few stops along the way. For a 4000 footer, would most definitely recommend as a good starter.

trail running
1 month ago

Just did this trail today and it was great! Definitely started as a crisp fall hike but winter conditions up by the summit right now- so be safe! Took me a little less than three hours with a mix of running/hiking. Presidentials looked gorgeous, as always.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a beautiful trail. The hiked up is a steady incline with a couple leveled out areas. There is a little bit of a view at the top.

1 month ago

This was a very enjoyable day hike. There are views but they are more limited and not as spectacular as other trails but it was enjoyable nonetheless. When you encounter the cairn on the top of Mount Wambek Go about 150 more feet on the trail and there is an area where some trees have been blown over and uprooted and there is a pretty nice limited view of the Presidential Range. We took about 5 1/2 hours to do this round trip with stopping for lunch and stopping on both peaks to enjoy the day and the views. We are moderate hikers. As someone else suggested we stayed at Applebook bed-and-breakfast about five minutes away and that was great advice! They sent us to the trail very full With a delicious breakfast! The trail is fairly well marked with one snafu on the way back there seems to be two ways to get to the parking lot and it’s not very clear. We descended to the trail to the left and continued following yellow blazes and it worked out fine. There were some other people after us who came stumbling out of the woods a little disoriented from being sent on the wrong trail the last eighth of a mile!

1 month ago

Fairly easy hike. Limited views. Only did this as part of my quest to hike all the NH 4000 footers. Not worth doing unless trying to hike all the 4000 footers

2 months ago

nice trail with limited views. the trail is very well maintained.

hiking
2 months ago

This was my first 4000 footer after getting back into hiking from a 25 year break. I found it somewhat steep and long but would probably be easier to someone well practiced, There are pretty views if you stand on the rocks on the summit of Starr King but Wambek is wooded. The walk between the two summits is easy and very nice. 6 hours including breaks.

hiking
3 months ago

8/20/18- Hiked up with my dog. Consistent incline, not too strenuous, probably easy for a seasoned hiker, a bit more difficult for me. Made it to Starr King in 2.5 hours another 45 minutes to Waumbek from there. A bit less than 2 hours on the way down. Total time for me was 5.5 with some resting at Starr King. The views were as moderate as the hike, you catch an alright one from SK and Waumbek is surrounded by forest, if you keep going about 50 yards you can catch a peek of the presidentials. A bit underwhelming. This was my 3rd 4,000 footer and was totally doable.

3 months ago

I hiked this Saturday 8/11/18 it was a beautiful day the trail was great. Mount Starr King had a beautiful view.

4 months 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
5 months 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
7 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
7 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
8 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
9 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
9 months ago

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

10 months ago

Gorgeous in the winter

hiking
Saturday, November 11, 2017

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
Tuesday, October 03, 2017

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
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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.

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