White Mountain National Forest: Mount Starr King and Mount Waumbek

Tag two summits in the Pliny Range (including a White Mountain 4,000-footer) on this moderate, 6.3-mile out-and-back.
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Tag two summits in the Pliny Range (including a White Mountain 4,000-footer) on this moderate, 6.3-mile out-and-back.

A good introduction to the White Mountain 4,000-footers, this 6.3-mile hike to Mount Waumbek features easy-to-moderate grades on a well-maintained trail. From the parking area, follow Starr King Trail to the northeast; continue straight where an old logging road crosses the trail. After 1.5 miles, look northeast for views of Mount Starr King's wooded summit. Less than half a mile later, pass a small, but reliable spring located about 10 yards off the west side of the trail.
The trail crests Mount Starr King, the first summit of the day, at mile 2.3. Take a lunch break on the shady summit, or continue on to the second peak. After passing the remains of a stone fireplace, the route winds east along a ridgeline to the 4,006-foot summit of Mount Waumbek. From here, hikers can continue on Kilkenny Ridge Trail to South Weeks, or turn around and follow the same route back to the trailhead.
-Mapped by Michael Blair
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CONTACT
White Mountain National Forest Headquarters 71 White Mountain Drive, Campton, NH 03223 (603) 536-6100
White Mountain Visitor Center 200 Kancamagus Hwy, N Woodstock, NH (603) 745-3816

GEAR
International Mountain Climbing School 2733 Main St, North Conway, NH 03860 (603) 356-7064 ‎ime-usa.com
L.L.Bean Outlet North Conway, NH 1390 White Mtn Hwy, North Conway, NH 03860 (603) 356-2100 ‎llbean.com
Eastern Mountain Sports 1498 White Mountain Highway, Unit C30, North Conway, NH 03860(603) 356-5433 ems.com

RESTAURANTS

North Conway Area Restaurants

Moat Mountain Smokehouse 3378 White Mountain Highway, North Conway, NH 03860 (603) 356-6381 ‎moatmountain.com
Horsefeathers 2679 White Mountain Highway, North Conway, NH 03860 (603) 356-2687 ‎horsefeathers.com
Delaney's Hole In the Wall 2966 White Mountain Highway, North Conway, NH 03860 (603) 356-7776 ‎delaneys.com
Peaches Restaurant 2506 White Mountain Highway, North Conway, NH 03860 (603) 356-5860 ‎peachesnorthconway.com

Lincoln Area Restaurants

Common Man Restaurant 44 Pollard Road, Lincoln, NH 03251 (603) 745-3463 ‎thecman.com
Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery 135 Main Street, North Woodstock, NH 03262 (603) 745-3951 ‎woodstockinnbrewery.com
Gypsy Cafe 117 Main Street, Lincoln, NH 03251 (603) 745-4395

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 10.2

Waypoints

WAU001

Location: 44.418864, -71.46652

The trail begins from the northwest corner of the small parking area. Note: There are no restroom facilities at the trailhead.

WAU002

Location: 44.419454, -71.465558

Continue straight where an old logging road crosses the Starr King Trail.

WAU003

Location: 44.42047, -71.463849

The trail passes the remains of a stone structure.

WAU004

Location: 44.427245, -71.439468

Catch a glimpse of Mount Starr King from this point on the trail.

WAU005

Location: 44.430129, -71.434876

A white sign points in the direction of a small, but reliable spring located about 10 yards off the west side of the trail.

WAU006

Location: 44.434397, -71.432714

The trail crests the wooded summit of Mount Starr King.

WAU007

Location: 44.434477, -71.432574

About 50 yards beyond the summit is a clearing with the remnants of an old shelter; the stone fireplace is all that remains. Despite the limited views, it's a great place to take a break and have lunch. Next, continue on the trail to the right of the fireplace.

WAU008

Location: 44.432661, -71.417184

Stand on the 4,006-foot summit of Mount Waumbek. From the summit, the Kilkenny Ridge Trail continues north to South Weeks. Turn around and retrace the route to the trailhead.

Starr King Road

Location: 44.41726, -71.471488

Starr King Road leads to the trailhead and parking area.

Parking Area

Location: 44.41887, -71.466456

Trail Junction

Location: 44.419452, -71.465501

Stone Remnants

Location: 44.420471, -71.463779

Sign for Spring

Location: 44.430133, -71.434752

Stone Fireplace

Location: 44.434485, -71.432505

Wooded Summit of Mount Waumbek

Location: 44.4327, -71.417023