January 7, 2006
Mt. Tecumseh - White Mountains, NH 4K series
The Tecumseh trailhead begins in the Waterville Valley ski area. We had to stop in at the ski area and ask where the trail starts but we found it easily, just 100 yards from the skier drop off spot. Myself, Ed L., Zachary B., & Chris H hit the trail about 9:30, it was only 2.5 miles up, a beautiful day, good views, and not too cold. There is a view spot off the trail that takes you on a ski trail which offered great views of Osceola and the Tripyramids. The Sosman trail comes in from the top of the ski area about here, then we hit the loop junction just .3 miles from the summit.
The final push to the summit is a little steeper, with some nice views west towards Moosilauke. The summit itself is wooded with some nice views to the east and north, especially from a small ledge just 20' to the north. Mt Washington was brilliant, as were the Osceolas and Carrigain. After a lunch , we packed back up and headed down. We decided to take a side trip on the Sosman trail, thinking it was a short distance to the ski area. It's actually about .6 miles. We went as far as a viewing bench, where Ed snapped a few more pictures and decided to head back to the original trail down. It was too busy a day to walk down the ski slope and be bowled over by skiers.
We made the trip in 5 hours. You have to deal with the sounds of a ski area in the winter, but the walk in the woods is worth it.