NE 4,000 Footers
NE 100 Highest
NH 4,000 Footers
NH 100 Highest
NH 52 With A View
NH Belknap Range
NH Ossipee 10
Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Piper Whiteface Trail
Route: Piper Whiteface Trail, Whiteface Trail, (Whiteface Mountain summit), Whiteface Trail, Piper Whiteface Trail
Looking to do a light hike, I headed down to the Belknaps. Starting on the Piper Whiteface Trail, I quickly realized that I would be breaking trail. The low angle nature of the route made for reasonable trailbreaking, though there was a crust hiding under an inch or two of powder (along with more unconsolidated snow underneath the crust).
The upper portion of the route, sometimes used by snowmobiles, was also unbroken. As a result, I reached the summit just prior to sunset. Unfortunately, the best colors ended up being in advance of the sunset, as clouds were moving in on the west.
Thanks to a nearly full moon, it was fairly smooth sailing back to the trailhead in the dark.
Getting To Trailhead:
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The Piper Whiteface Trail trailhead on Belknap Mountain Road
Looking at Piper Mountain from near the summit of Whiteface Mountain
The sunset as seen from Whiteface Mountain
Directions to trailhead: From Route 11A East (from Route 3), take a right on Hoyt Road. Continue down this road as it becomes Belknap Mountain Road. At the end of this road, take a left. There will eventually be a turnaround area with a private road sign. Park here, and continue up the road on foot. The Piper Whiteface Trail trailhead will be on the left side of the road.
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