Mount Tecumseh Trail

MODERATE 62 reviews

Mount Tecumseh Trail is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Waterville Valley, New Hampshire that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,385 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

views

One of the easier New Hampshire 4k Mountains. In and out hike through the Tecumseh Trail that traverses through a couple of brooks and fairly dense forest.

hiking
5 months ago

Great fall hike with limited views at the peak. There is a small stream crossing at the start but the rest of the trail was pretty dry with a little snow pack on the last 30 percent of the trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Good hike with steep inclines. the trail is full of rocks and tree roots so good hiking boots make a difference. No spectacular views until you get to the summit and even then the view is brief. The woods along the way are filled with different species of colorful mushrooms and the woods can seem quite magical. 6.2 miles round trip took nearly 5 hours with breaks. A moderately difficult 4000 footer for beginners.

7 months ago

This was a very nice hike. Dense forest with air plants and a generally soft trail with roots and some small rocks. Very peaceful and quiet. The first 2.1 miles are consistently and moderately up with some steep sections where you arrive at a false top. The trail then descends and ascends several times until you reach the summit. Views are to the north where you can hang out on rocks at summit. If you need a break from hiking on trails with lots of step ups and downs this is a good choice. It’s a great cardio workout! Enjoy!

7 months ago

Straight up with limited views and small summit, not likely to do this again but glad I crossed it off the list!

hiking
8 months ago

This trail is relentless. False summit almost got me, quite a steep decline after that but kicks back up when you get close to the top. The view was limited but from what you can see boy it’s beautiful. I really enjoyed the hike, it’s as foresty as it gets. Smells like a Christmas tree the whole way. They say this is easy but I didn’t find it easy, I found it quite steep and strenuous. Left at 6:45am landed back at my car at 12:20.

9 months ago

Great mountain for an impromptu adventure. Planned the hike last minute with weather clearing late in the day. Truly enjoyed the wild hydrangea and abundant wild flowers, Trillium, Soloman Seal, Corn Lilly on the way up. Gradual climb with one false top that makes you realize you are hiking in NH. Best part is it is the road less traveled by. Osceola's parking was packed when we had four cars.

hiking
9 months ago

This hike is just over 6 miles. It’s a climb right from the start, and doesn’t let up until well into the journey. We brought the pup and she didn’t have any trouble with the rock scrambles (there’s a few). It took about 2 hours up and 90 minutes down because of the wet conditions. Overall this is a great hike but not a lot to look at when you get to the top.

10 months ago

one reviewer said this was steep and took an hour and a half each way. it took us 3 hours up including breaks and 2:15 down moving at a good pace with no breaks. if you think this is steep you ain't seen nothin yet! I only give it a 4 due to the lack of views both on the trail and from the summit.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful trail!

hiking
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Very easy hike, its very quiet and peaceful all the way up and if your lucky you can fins the bench at the top and take a seat!

hiking
Monday, October 02, 2017

Starts off easy but gains momentum. It was my first 4000 footer. I found some parts were challenging, but very doable.

hiking
Friday, July 28, 2017

This is a less-traveled path up Tecumseh and the quietness is wonderful. Not much in the way of views on the way up; the description is correct: dense woods, especially in the second half of the hike. Also, the only water is at the very beginning of the hike; the trail does not follow the brook. For those hiking in a group, the trail is often narrow enough that single-file required. Finally, didn't see the bear itself, but saw its recent scat :)

hiking
Sunday, July 03, 2016

Word of the day: Steep. Tecumseh isn't a terribly difficult trail, but man, it is steep. Because of that, it could get a little slow at times. 3.1 miles to the top, about an hour and 30 minutes each way. Trail is pretty narrow at times, but actually really pretty, with some lovely, hobbit-y moments.

Honestly, it's like Tecumseh took umbrage to being called The Smallest of the 4,000's, and decided to just be ornery. So, isn't going on my list of favourites, but it's still a nice mountain, perfect for a solitary hike.

hiking
Monday, June 27, 2016

Trail sign at trail head and peak says 3.1 for this trail making it 6.2mi out and back... Not 5.4mi like Nat Geo proposes on their maps. This took me 3 hours round trip. 1.75hrs up and 1.25hr down.

hiking
Tuesday, July 07, 2015

A bit challenging at parts. There are 3 places for views, and they aren't amazing. The view at the top is a bit limited. But, gotta start the road to 48 somewhere.

hiking
Sunday, September 01, 2013

08/31/13 Great hike with my 13 yr old son & 11 month old yellow lab. We made it to the top in 2.5 hrs with ease. Some tricky spots towards the summit for our dog, but we made it. Beautiful lush trail all the way up. Our day was wet and cloudy, so I can't comment on the views. I recommend this trail for anyone looking to hike a 4000 footer,and I will do it again on a clearer day to capture the views.

hiking
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

This is one of my least favorite hike! We did a traverse from the ski lodge to Tripoli Road. The hike up was moderately challenging, however, we could not keep the bugs away!! They were just awful. Before hitting the summit, you'll get to an area with decent view. However, the summit was so infested, we took some photos quickly and got out of there as soon as we could. For all of the efforts, the actual hike and views were not worth it. :(

hiking
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Amazing experience. Went alone and expected it to be relatively easy but it had a few bumps of moderate difficulty. Started the trip around 3 o'clock and ended up finishing around 6:45. Make sure you wear a lot of bug spray!

hiking
Saturday, October 30, 2010

An excellent mountain for a day hike.

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