|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Starr King, Mt. Waumbek, NH|
||Starr King Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, August 20, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||The upper lot was full at 11:00AM but there were plenty of spots in the lower parking. On weekends there may be no room to park at the trailhead. One could use the winter parking on the south side of route 2 west of Starr King Road.
The access road off Starr King Road is a bit bumpy but is passable for all vehicles. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||The trail is free and clear of any tree falls. Trail work in recent years has improved the path up to the traverse (transition point from hardwood to conifers).
Mud on flat sections between Starr King and Waumbek could use some stepping stones although the mud was not deep (I avoided the watery mud). |
||Fine for dogs |
||Not many |
|Lost and Found:
||The moderate hike to Starr King and Waumbek was ideal today since the air was so humid. The path has good footing and never has a steep grade. Some views of the Presidential Range peaks although Mt Washington was veiled in clouds. Much of the surfaces were wet due to recent rains and the high humidity (not much evaporation). The spring had a modest water flow. The best viewpoints are at Mt Starr King and in the blowdown area just beyond the summit of Mt Waumbek off the Kilkenny Ridge Trail.|
Nice to meet Bill and Diane Schor and Bill Cronin. Also chatted with a couple from Manchester NH and Buffalo NY and a guy from Rumford/Andover Maine who hiked Mt Cabot loop earlier in the day.
No gray jays today.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.