Mount TECUMSEH | 4,003′ | MODERATE

Mt. Tecumseh (4,003′) is the shortest official 4,000 footer and home to Waterville Valley ski area. Views to the immediate north include Mt. Osceola (4,340′), the highest peak in the region. East, across the valley, is the Tripyramid Massif, which includes North Tripyramid (4,180′) and Middle Tripyramid (4,140′).

Note: for complete trail descriptions, times, elevation, trailhead directions, and major features, see the AMC White Mountain Guide.

Suggested Routes

Moderate: Ascend the 2.5 mile Mt. Tecumseh Trail to the summit. Descend the same way.

Trip Planning

The WMNF Osceola Vista Campground, located on nearby Tripoli Road, is open from Memorial Day to Columbus Day.

Safety in Summer and early Fall

The AMC recommends all hikers check weather conditions in advance, carry a current map and guidebook, along with a compass and knowledge of how to use it. For recommendations on how to plan a safe hike in the White Mountains, see: The 10 essentials for a safe and pleasant hike.

Winter Hiking on Mt. Tecumseh

Winter hiking anywhere in the White Mountains requires specialized equipment and skills, and experience in coping with weather, navigation, and winter gear. Extremely severe storms can develop suddenly and unexpectedly, especially above treeline. The combination of high wind and low temperatures has such a cooling effect that the worst conditions on Mt. Tecumseh are approximately equal to the worst reported from Antarctica, despite the much greater cold in the latter region. Hikers interested in extending their activities into winter are strongly advised to seek out organized trips with leaders who have extensive winter experience. Several AMC chapters offer winter hiking and backpacking instruction, and AMC offers several guided winter mountaineering trips; search for “Instruction” in AMC’s activity listings. Helpful information can also be found in the AMC Guide to Winter Hiking and Camping.

Fun Fact

Mt. Tecumseh is named after the Shawnee leader.

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