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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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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
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
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
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The trail begins from the northwest corner of the small parking area. Note: There are no restroom facilities at the trailhead.
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Continue straight where an old logging road crosses the Starr King Trail.
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The trail passes the remains of a stone structure.
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Catch a glimpse of Mount Starr King from this point on the trail.
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A white sign points in the direction of a small, but reliable spring located about 10 yards off the west side of the trail.
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The trail crests the wooded summit of Mount Starr King.
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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.
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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
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Starr King Road leads to the trailhead and parking area.
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Sign for Spring
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Wooded Summit of Mount Waumbek
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