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Whiteface Mountain
Gilford, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Piper Whiteface Trail
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.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Whiteface Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, January 20, 2011
Hike Commenced: 3:51 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,050'
Destination: Whiteface Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 3:52 PM
Summit Reached: 4:36 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:44
Trailhead Elevation: 1,060'
Summit Elevation: 1,664'
Vertical Gain: 739'
Hike Ended: 5:23 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:32
Hike Vertical Gain: 794'


The Piper Whiteface Trail trailhead on Belknap Mountain Road
The Piper Whiteface Trail trailhead on Belknap Mountain Road

Looking at Piper Mountain from near the summit of Whiteface Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at Piper Mountain from near the summit of Whiteface Mountain

The sunset as seen from Whiteface Mountain - Click to enlarge
The sunset as seen from Whiteface Mountain

Topographic map of 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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