|Summit of Mt Tecumseh|
5 miles round trip via Mount Tecumseh Trail from Waterville Valley Ski Area
2.5 hours up, 1.5 hours down
After a slow start and stop in town for water (we weren't digging the campground's water), we eventually (10:45AM) hit the Mt Tecumseh Trail. Our original plan was to go back up Tripoli Road and start on the other side after reading some comments about its enjoyability but we were so close to the ski area trailhead that we changed our minds. It started out pleasantly enough and in line with many of my memories from the other time we hiked it - in mushy, changing-seasons conditions where the lower part of the trail was bare or lightly covered in slushy, melting snow and further up was snowshoe territory. The dogs had plenty of water to access and, among all the bright green leaves showing off in the sunlight the forecast hadn't predicted, there was preliminary color change in some of the leaves!
|Little bit of color in the distant trees!|
|Start of the trail|
|Then some water (the most abundant water of the day)|
|Then back up...|
|View at the edge of the ski slope|
|Trail looking up from the sign pointing towards the viewpoint|
|Hey, more rocks!|
Then began the hike of a million staircases. There must've been over 100 steps built into the ground over several separate sets. We were mesmerized and utterly impressed and grateful for the work done by others.
Eventually, the trail evened out, offering easier footing, and we reached the junction for the Sosman Trail. From there it is was .3 miles to the summit over both dirt and rock, some of which we later sat on to descend since they were a bit damp.
The summit is small with a view I wanted so badly to enjoy. Unfortunately, it was made possible by illicit tree cutting, which was hard for me to get past. We hopped off the top of the summit rock to enjoy a little protection from the wind and eat before turning back.
|It took a moment for me to figure out why |
this sign was posted here and not anywhere else we've been. (See below)
|The most I could get out of them for a summit photo!|
|Groceries and pizza, Waterville Valley was there for all our non-hiking needs!|
|Nothing to do with dogs or hiking, just a super cool Kharmann Ghia!|