Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Starr King, Mt. Waumbek, NH
Trails: Starr King Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, August 20, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
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. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance 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). 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Fine for dogs 
Bugs: Not many 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: 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.  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-08-20 
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