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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.
Dicey's Mill Trail near the summit of Mt. Passaconaway
Dicey's Mill Trail near the summit of Mt. Passaconaway

Route: Dicey's Mill Trail

Plan A was something in Maine and Plan B was Whiteface-Passaconaway. Time wouldn't allow for Plan A and a rainy forecast seemed to throw away Plan B. Thus, after getting some work done and checking the radar for much of the day, I decided get some exercise and perhaps hike up to Mt. Passaconaway.

To paraphrase a cliche, one of the hardest parts of hiking in the rain is getting started. I wasn't feeling particularly motivated as I pulled into Ferncroft, however after passing the bridge to the Blueberry Ledge Cut Off, I was committed.

Despite the all day rain, the water crossing wasn't too bad. As I neared the Rollins Trail junction, the rain let up. Reaching the summit, I could see fog was blowing through at a decent rate. I decided to sit at the viewpoint for awhile, as the clouds were brightening up. This was short lived, however, as some darker clouds moved in.

Back below the Rollins Trail, the rain started up again. Though not really a great day, it was nice to get some exercise.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Passaconaway
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Minimal (due to weather)
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, June 14, 2009
Hike Commenced: 3:23 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,140'
Destination: Mt. Passaconaway
Ascent Commenced: 3:23 PM
Summit Reached: 5:23 PM
Time Elapsed: 02:00
Trailhead Elevation: 1,140'
Summit Elevation: 4,043'
Distance: 4.6 miles
Vertical Gain: 3,023'
Hike Ended: 7:45 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:22
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,143'


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

Wild flowers near the Ferncroft parking area
Wild flowers near the Ferncroft parking area

Looking into the fog from near the Mt. Passaconaway summit - Click to enlarge
Looking into the fog 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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