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Mt. Waumbek - Spring Hiking

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Elevation: 4,006ft Trails: Starr King Trail Elevation Gain: 2,506ft Distance: 7.2 miles roundtrip Duration: 6 hrs My 4000+ Peak #3 Listed 4000+: #46
Via: Mt. Starr King (3,898 ft.)
Difficulty: Strenuous

Still having a bit of trouble with getting enough sleep so I got really tired on the way back down on this hike. But I was really surprised at how pretty the Mt. Starr King trail was. The day was perfect and the temperatures were on the cool side when in the shade, which was most of the hike!  Our meetup group (http://www.meetup.com/New-England-Over-50-Hiking-Group/) met at the Starr King Trailhead in Jefferson, NH. There isn't much parking at the trailhead and it abuts several homes with views to the Presidential Range. The hike to Mt. Starr King summit is 2.6 and the incline, although steady, is gradual. This trail is also the usual access to Mt. Waumbek and for those hikers looking to bag a 4000+. Nice to be able to reach two summits in one day!
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