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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.
Looking down the Blueberry Ledge Trail...watch that last step!  It's a doozy!
Looking down the Blueberry Ledge Trail...watch that last step! It's a doozy!

Route: Blueberry Ledge Trail, Rollins Trail, (Mt. Whiteface), Rollins Trail, (Mt. Whiteface ledges), Blueberry Ledge Trail

El Cinco de Mayo! Yo necesario ir afuera...er I needed to get outside, after the rainy weekend. Weighing my options, I decided to get out a few minutes early from work and head up to Ferncroft.

By the looks of it, I was the first person up the Blueberry Ledges Trail since sometime over the weekend. The flats had a mixture of snow monorail, mud, and dry ground. Beyond there, until perhaps a quarter of a mile before the Wiggins junction, it was snow free and dry. From there to the top, other than the ledges, there was constant snow monorail, about 2-3 feet deep. From the summit ledges to the true summit, the monorail was more likely 3-4 feet deep, with almost as much in the woods.

This marked the fourth different season I've summitted Mt. Whiteface - and this time I had the best summit ledge views and conditions yet. There was no wind to speak of and the views were rather strong.

After talking with a cartographer who was ascending, I looked for the old Quimby Ski Area, located along the lower portion of the Blueberry Ledge Trail. Based upon his description, I think I found it, but there is basically nothing to see.

All in all, a nice hike, though I'm extremely sick of the snow!


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, May 5, 2008
Hike Commenced: 2:28 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,140'
Destination: Mt. Whiteface
Ascent Commenced: 2:28 PM
Summit Reached: 4:39 PM
Time Elapsed: 02:11
Trailhead Elevation: 1,140'
Summit Elevation: 4,020'
Distance: 4.2 miles
Vertical Gain: 3,055'
Hike Ended: 7:23 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:57
Hike Distance: 8.4 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,240'


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

Looking at Lake Winnipesaukee, Red Hill, and Squam Lake from the Mt. Whiteface ledges - Click to enlarge
Looking at Lake Winnipesaukee, Red Hill, and Squam Lake from the Mt. Whiteface ledges

Topographic map of Mt. Whiteface - Click to enlarge


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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