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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 Blueberry Ledge Trail
Looking up the Blueberry Ledge Trail

Route: Blueberry Ledge Trail, Rollins Trail, (Mt. Whiteface), Rollins Trail, Dicey Mill Trail, (Mt. Passaconaway), Dicey Mill Trail

An April loop of Whiteface Passaconaway with warm temperatures. Perhaps not the brightest idea ever. Nonetheless, it was a short drive.

The first portion of the hike went fairly quickly - there was barely any snow or mud all the way up to and past the Blueberry Ledges. Just below them, I saw some of the first wildflowers of the year. Things slowed a bit, after that, as there was blowdown removal work to be done.

As I neared the Wiggin junction, snow and ice increased. Fortunately, the scramble ledges were mostly dry.

Though hazy, the views from Mt. Whiteface's southern ledges were nonetheless nice. With temperatures soaring, the light to moderate winds were appreciated.

Now on the Rollins Trail, conditions started to get tricky. After passing the highpoint of Mt. Whiteface, which was still about 5 feet lower than an adjacent snow drift, the snow monorail became quite hard to follow. One wrong step, one big posthole. Lots of old postholes with some tricky ice bulges.

Finally at the Dicey Mill Trail, conditions were a little bit better. Reaching the summit, I headed over to the eastern viewpoint for additional views.

The descent went slowly at first, however as the snow disappeared (even before the water crossing), it was easier going. Temperatures in the valley were quite high - just about 90 degrees! Spring?


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, April 25, 2009
Hike Commenced: 8:52 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,140'
Destination: Mt. Whiteface
Ascent Commenced: 8:52 AM
Summit Reached: 11:23 AM
Time Elapsed: 02:31
Trailhead Elevation: 1,140'
Summit Elevation: 4,020'
Distance: 4.2 miles
Vertical Gain: 3,055'
Destination: Mt. Passaconaway
Ascent Commenced: 11:23 AM
Summit Reached: 1:29 PM
Time Elapsed: 02:06
Trailhead Elevation: 4,020'
Summit Elevation: 4,043'
Distance: 3.1 miles
Vertical Gain: 863'
Hike Ended: 3:41 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 06:49
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,053'


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

A wildflower on the Blueberry Ledge Trail
A wildflower on the Blueberry Ledge Trail

Looking toward Squam Lake from the southern ledges of Mt. Whiteface - Click to enlarge
Looking toward Squam Lake from the southern ledges of Mt. Whiteface

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

Looking at the Franconia Ridge from near the Mt. Passaconaway summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Franconia Ridge from 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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