Ascent of Mount Starr King on 2013-08-24

Climber: Jeffrey McLean

Others in Party:Elizabeth
Date:Saturday, August 24, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Starr King
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3898 ft / 1188 m

Ascent Trip Report

Starr King road is in pretty rough shape right now after the last driveway. You only need to follow it for about 100 yards, but you need to be very very careful. There are a lot of washed out areas, huge holes, and giant lumps. You can stay to the edges and stay pretty much out of trouble, but it's a little overgrown as well. The trail is very nice. Moderate the entire way up. A little rocky in a few places, but for new hampshire this is as smooth sailing as you're going to get. The first 1/3 of the trail follows and old road with some interesting cisterns along the right side of the trail. I counted two, but I'm sure there were a few more hidden off in the woods. There are basically new views the entire way up, but the woods are really remarkable. They make up for the lack of view for sure. The Starr King summit is very easy to miss. The one and only steep section on the trail (for about 3 feet maybe?) tops out with a rock off to the right of the trail. You'll see the USGS benchmark right on top. Follow along another 50 yards and you'll get to a nice clearing where a shelter used to be (the fireplace remians) with some stunning views of most of the presidential range. It was clear enough for us to make out every building on Mt. Washington, as well as two of the AMC huts along the trails. After chatting with a few of the other groups and petting their dogs we made our way along to Waumbek summit. We met another group at Waumbek that told us to go about 100 yards passed the summit for a view in a blow down patch. This was well worth it. We must have spent over an hour chatting with the friends we made along the way and looking out over the presis. For the very little effort put in, you are well rewarded. It was just amazing. The trip down was pretty quick. Elizabeth took a root to the shin and now has a purple leg, but all things considered it could have been a lot worse!
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    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Perfect Day!
Ascent Part of Trip: Starr King and Waumbek

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Starr King2013-08-24
2Mount Waumbek2013-08-24
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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jeffrey McLean
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