Ascent of Mount Tecumseh on 2013-07-06

Climber: Jeffrey McLean

Others in Party:Elizabeth
Date:Saturday, July 6, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Tecumseh
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4003 ft / 1220 m

Ascent Trip Report

Our first 4k footer so far, and we picked a HOT day to do it. We saw very few people today. One family was finishing up in the lot while we were heading off, and we only passed two more groups of 2 people who were heading out while we were heading up. The trail starts next to parking lot #2. If you park in lot 2 and look at the woods you can't miss it. The first half of the trail is pretty moderate up until the first view point, which you must follow a short spur path to the ski slopes to actually see. There's a few very easy water crossings, and overall top to bottom the trail is very well maintained. Despite all the rain we've had lately there were very few wet spots to worry about. The view of the ski slope is nice. After the spur path the trail begins to get steep. It maintains pretty much perfectly straight with the same pitch for most of the rest of the hike up. We saw two other spur paths. One leads to the base of a ski lift, the other I did not follow. Once the trail gets to an area with some rock stairs, it will level off, steepen back up, then you're at the branch. From here out it's pretty simple to the top. Views from the top are supposed to be limited according to the guide books, but that's just not true. You don't have 360 degree views, sure, but sitting at the summit you have a tremendous view over Waterville Valley, you look out at the tri-pyramids, and up to the presidential range. The was down started out fast and easy. We stopped for a few minutes at the spur path again to enjoy the late afternoon light, then headed back to the trail. Just after the spur I spotted a porcupine crossing the trail and headed into the woods, which was kind of cool because I've never seen one. Well, further on while making the water crossing I spotted our friend again, crossing the brook on a birch log just upstream of us. He then followed the trail stopping to mark ever twig, rock, and tree for the next 3/4 of a mile. Man do they walk slow! He finally made his way into the woods and we were able to run past him and make our way back to the car.
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