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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 Dicey Mill Trail
Looking up the Dicey Mill Trail

Route: Dicey Mill Trail, (Mt. Passaconaway), Walden Trail, Dicey Mill Trail

With sunny weather and longer afternoon daylight, it was time to do Mt. Passaconaway as an afternoon/evening hike. Arriving at a messy Ferncroft parking lot (not plowed after the recently inch of snow followed by rain storm), I attempted to bareboot the roadwalk portion of the hike. Due to solid ice along the road, I soon was forced to throw on my snowshoes for some traction. Once off the road, there was basically an inch of granular covered by an ice crust. Below that, the base seemed fairly firm.

The trail dragged on a bit, as it normally does, however after awhile I could see I was gaining elevation. While the temperatures were near freezing at the base, the winds in the bowl forced me to add a fleece layer partway up the ascent. After climbing up an ice chunk covered upper portion of the Dicey Mill Trail, I reached the cold and windy summit. Surprisingly, there was a partial lake view from next to the highpoint - amazing what a deep snowpack can do!

After a brief side trip over to the over near summit viewpoint, I turned around and started my descent, pausing to add my winter jacket. While I was making decent time on the descent, things slowed when I decided to stop and clean up a particularly annoying set of blowdowns. Though this cost me a few minutes of light, I nonetheless made it to the flats before things became dark. Without the aide of the late rising moon, I was still able to make it back to Ferncroft without putting on my headlamp. Spring is getting closer, I hope!

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, March 12, 2009
Hike Commenced: 3:17 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,140'
Destination: Mt. Passaconaway
Ascent Commenced: 3:17 PM
Summit Reached: 5:27 PM
Time Elapsed: 02:10
Trailhead Elevation: 1,140'
Summit Elevation: 4,043'
Distance: 4.6 miles
Vertical Gain: 3,023'
Hike Ended: 7:31 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:14
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,183'

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

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

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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