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Mounts Starr King and Waumbek

Two 4,000-foot peaks in New Hampshire's White Mountains can be summited on the Starr King Trail.
Trail Activity
7.4 miles, Round Trip
Jefferson (NH), Kilkenny (NH)
Packed Earth/Dirt, Rock/Ledge


Mount Starr King via the Starr King Trail (5.2 miles round trip - 2,300’ ascent)

Mount Waumbek via the Starr King Trail (6.8 miles round trip - 2,600’ ascent)

In addition to Mount Starr King, another 4,000-foot peak, Mount Waumbek can be reached via the Starr King Trail but first you must summit Mount Starr King. Follow the Starr King Trail 2.6 miles to the first summit with limited views. Just past the summit descend briefly and ponder the old stone chimney, which once warmed a summit cabin. You can turn around here and retrace your steps to the trailhead or continue along the trail one mile to Mount Waumbek’s summit. Here, the trail meets the southern end of the Kilkenny Ridge Trail. For a partial view of the Presidentials, travel about 50 yards along the Kilkenny Ridge Trail to a short side path on the right.

Other Information

Before you hike, know the hiker responsibility code and be prepared:

  • With knowledge and gear
  • To leave your plans
  • To stay together
  • To turn back
  • For emergencies
  • To share the hiker code with others.

 Visit the Hike Safe website to learn more!

Trail Manager

These trails are within the US Forest Service White Mountain National Forest. For more information, please contact:

White Mountain National Forest: Androscoggin Ranger District
300 Glen Road
Gorham, NH 03581-1399
Phone: (603) 466-2713 x 0
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Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Know your limits – it’s okay to turn back. Your home is the ultimate destination, not the summit.
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Trailhead Information

Starr King Trailhead: Travel on US Route 3S/US Route 2 for 0.2 miles. Bear left onto US Route 2E and continue for 7 miles. Turn left onto Starr King Road and continue until reaching the trailhead. In winter, park in the small lot on the right side of Route 2, across from the start of Starr King Road.

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