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Ascent of Mount Tecumseh on 2011-09-09

Climber: Charlie Marshall

Date:Friday, September 9, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Tecumseh
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4003 ft / 1220 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove from the Cape picking up three in Boston headed to Waterville Valley. NH49 was down to one lane in three places. Due to Hurricane (Tropical Storm) Irene, the road was severely damaged with alot of washouts. There was active work in two locations out of four that needed work. Minor delays were experienced.

Parked in Waterville Valley lot near trailhead for Mt. Tecumseh Trail. Found a large group of teenagers with an adult or two with packs for overnight hiking. Never came across them once on the trails, so possibly they had just come down. Began hiking at 8:50am. Pretty quickly, noticed we were hiking on a new trail marked by tagging tape (ribbon?) with a trail being worn into previously forest floor. We realized the trail used to run along the edge of the brook, but the brook must've eroded the trail in spots hence the new trail. Estimated length of newly diverted section of trail is probably a hundred feet or so. Diverted trail meets back up with the original trail near the brook.

Took the Mt. Tecumseh Trail up to the junction of the Mt. Tecumseh Trail and the Sossman Trail. Continued up to summit of Mt. Tecumseh via the Mt. Tecumseh Trail. After enjoying the views including a clear view of Mt. Washington, our goal was to reach the Northwest Peak of Mt. Tecumseh. We left on the marked trail but soon realized it was the loop trail back towards the ski area. After resummiting, we found the correct trail toward the Northwest Peak which basically runs West/Northwest right from the summit. Descending a few hundred feet and then ascending less, we found the treed summit of the Northwest Peak. No views were had. Turned back, resummited Mt. Tecumseh and then headed to the Sossman Trail. Followed Sossman Trail toward the South Peak and eventually to the top of the Waterville Valley Ski Area. Relaxed for a bit at the top of a cleared hill with excellent views North, East and Southeast. Returned to the Sossman Trail and then descended to trailhead via the Mt. Tecumseh Trail. During descent, found a very large tree crossing trail which I didn't remember having to climb over on the ascent. The tree fell in the woods and I didn't hear it! (Or my memory is going...) Arrived back at trailhead at 2:50pm. Approximately 8 miles total.

Back at trailhead, noticed a laminated sign stating that this area has not been assessed for storm damage. But it clearly had been (the rerouted section) and the trail looks like maintenance had definitely been completed.

Great trip, great company and another NH4K peak for me.
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