Keeping the theme of hiking the northern New Hampshire 4000 Footers, I drove to Jefferson, New Hampshire on an early Sunday morning in late November to climb Mount Waumbek. The previous weekend I had climbed its neighboring 4000 footer Mount Cabot and figured I should round off the northern White Mountain ranges.
I found the trail parking for the Starr King Trail off of Route 2 and arrived at 8:00 am. There were two other cars in the parking lot and the weather was cool, mostly cloudy with a slight breeze. The trail started off easy, following an old logging road next to a brook. I passed a moss-covered stone well that was close to six feet in diameter. Soon the trail left the brook and started to climb more steeply toward Mount Starr King. The trail leveled off as it left hardwood forest and skirted the summit of Starr King to the west to make its approach from the north.