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Mt. Whiteface, Mt. Passaconaway
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 up the Tom Wiggins Trail
Looking up the Tom Wiggins Trail

Route: Dicey Mill Trail, Tom Wiggins Trail, Blueberry Ledge Trail, Rollins Trail, (Mt. Whiteface), Rollins Trail, Dicey Mill Trail, (Mt. Passaconaway), Walden Trail, East Loop, Dicey Mill Trail

The weather forecast looked to provide a narrow, but decent, window of dry weather. Thus, I decided to wait it out a bit and stay local. Once some blue sky moved in, I headed toward Ferncroft. While the clouds were lingering around 2,500', I could see they were rising.

While the Wonalancet River was roaring, I decided to stick to my plan of ascending via the Tom Wiggins Trail. After making the initial ascent up the mostly gradual (short moderate part) Dicey Mill Trail, I hooked a left onto the Tom Winngins Trail and was soon at the water crossing. While the Wonalancet River isn't huge, the recent rain and snowmelt had it roaring. As a result, I went upstream, where a tributary split off, crossed it, then found a log across the lesser part of the Wonalancet.

Beyond the water crossing, the Tom Wiggins Trail was fairly gradual for awhile, before starting a steep ascent. While a bit slippery, I didn't find it to be dramatically more challenging than the Blueberry Ledge Trail. Decent, or ascent during really dry times, could perhaps be tricky.

After ascending for awhile, it soon levelled out, reaching a bunch of short spruce trees and soon the Blueberry Ledge Trail. By this time, I could see both Whiteface and Passaconaway had emerged from the clouds

From there, the ledges up the main trail were fortunately rather dry. I had the south summit all to myself. While the views to the south were a bit hazy, it was nonetheless a nice place to stop for some lunch.

Next was the Rollins Trail. I encountered an annoying blowdown almost instantly and ended up spending a few minutes moving it off the trail. Later on, there were quite a few more, though none were particularly tricky to get around. I cut one up, but skipped the others was I wanted to get back down before dark. While a bit wet and muddy, the trail was in better shape than I had expected.

Perhaps the wettest portion of trail I dealt with was the final portion of the Dicey Mill Trail, above the Rollins Trail junction. There was certainly a lot of water running down and around. After reaching the summit, I stopped at the eastern vista, where the views were rather strong (even Mt. Washington had emerged from the clouds).

Since I was already part of the way down the trail, I descended via the Walden Trail down to the East Loop, then down the Dicey Mill Trail. While the water crossing was a bit tricky, a fallen log made it fairly easy.

Not a bad day for a hike, especially considering there was bad weather only a few hours away on either end of it.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: , October 26, 2008
Hike Commenced: 11:09 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,140'
Destination: Mt. Whiteface
Ascent Commenced: 11:09 AM
Summit Reached: 1:32 PM
Time Elapsed: 02:23
Trailhead Elevation: 1,140'
Summit Elevation: 4,020'
Distance: 4 miles
Vertical Gain: 3,050'
Destination: Mt. Passaconaway
Ascent Commenced: 1:32 PM
Summit Reached: 3:11 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:39
Trailhead Elevation: 4,020'
Summit Elevation: 4,043'
Distance: 3.1 miles
Vertical Gain: 863'
Hike Ended: 5:19 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 06:10
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,083'


The Dicey Mill Trail trailhead at Ferncroft
The Dicey Mill Trail trailhead at Ferncroft

Looking at Mt. Paugus and Mt. Chocorua from the Mt. Whiteface southern ledges - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Paugus and Mt. Chocorua from the Mt. Whiteface southern ledges

The Rollins Trail from Mt. Whiteface to Mt. Passaconaway
The Rollins Trail from Mt. Whiteface to Mt. Passaconaway

Looking at the Moats from one of the viewpoints near the Mt. Passaconaway summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Moats from one of the viewpoints near the Mt. Passaconaway summit

Topographic map of Mt. Whiteface, Mt. Passaconaway - 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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