Waumbek, February 5, 2005

The spring hiking season has started! Usually when you think of February, you imagine a couple layers to stay warm. Not this day. The termperatures were in the mid-40s, the sun was shining brightly in the cloudless sky, and the snow was just melting away. It was great to leave the extra gear in the car and hike with just the essentials. I met Danni, a.k.a. Skimom, for this trek, her 43rd on the NH 4000-foot list, and we filled the day with wonderful conversation, followed by the usual fare at the Woodstock Station (I love their oatmeal stout). For you statisticians, Waumbek is 4006 feet, making it the 46th highest peak in New Hampshire, and the trail is 7.2 miles round-trip. We spent a relaxed 5 hours (book time precisely) picking off this peak.

As seen from Route 115, Starr King and Waumbek. Waumbek is that massive peak on the right.

Enjoying the sunshine on top of Mt. Starr King, with the northern Presidentials in the background.

The exciting summit cairn on Mt. Waumbek

Morning fog in front of Mt. Lafayatte, from Mt. Starr King.

Mt. Washington and its neighbors, from the top of Mt. Starr King.