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East Sleeper, West Sleeper, Mt. Whiteface
Albany, NH, Sandwich, NH, Waterville Valley, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The Blueberry Ledge Trail
The Blueberry Ledge Trail

Route: Blueberry Ledge Trail, Rollins Trail, Kate Sleeper Trail, East Sleeper Spur

Blueberry Ledge Trail was unbroken (some ski tracks on the flats down low) this morning. Our group of three broke it out with generally 10-18" of powder on top of an icy base with some drifts up to stomach deep. A few of the scrambles were tricky due to underlying blue ice. We made it up and down with extreme care on our snowshoes, but some may prefer an ax and crampons for a few short sections. On the return trip, one person had descended this way, but our tracks were drifting in quickly in places.

We also broke out Kate Sleeper to West Sleeper, which had perhaps 12-18" of powder on top of the base with a few drifts here and there. Some recent blowdowns made navigation tricky in a few places.

Upon returning to the Rollins Trail, there was a single set of snowshoe tracks that appeared to come over from Dicey's Mill, but had drifted in. Since it was so close, we went to the highpoint of Whiteface and back, but drifting was still in progress.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: East Sleeper
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Moderate
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: West Sleeper
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Minimal
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Whiteface
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, January 31, 2105
Parking Elevation: 1,140'
Destination: East Sleeper
Time Elapsed: 04:17
Trailhead Elevation: 1,140'
Summit Elevation: 3,850'
Distance: 4.7 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,995'
Destination: West Sleeper
Time Elapsed: 00:42
Trailhead Elevation: 3,850'
Summit Elevation: 3,881'
Distance: 1.1 miles
Vertical Gain: 351'
Destination: Mt. Whiteface
Time Elapsed: 01:22
Trailhead Elevation: 4,020'
Summit Elevation: 4,020'
Distance: 2.9 miles
Vertical Gain: 960'
Hike Time Elapsed: 08:38
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,499'


The Blueberry Ledge Trail trailhead at Ferncroft
The Blueberry Ledge Trail trailhead at Ferncroft

Slight views of the Belknaps from near the summit of East Sleeper - Click to enlarge
Slight views of the Belknaps from near the summit of East Sleeper

The Kate Sleeper Trail between East Sleeper and Downes Brook
The Kate Sleeper Trail between East Sleeper and Downes Brook

Mt. Chocorua as seen from the southern Mt. Whiteface ledges - Click to enlarge
Mt. Chocorua as seen from the southern Mt. Whiteface ledges




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Directions to trailhead: Take Route 113A to Wonalancet, then take Ferncroft Road. The trailhead (the road) and parking lot are both on the right next to the pasture.

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