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Mt. Passaconaway, Mt. Whiteface
Albany, NH, Waterville Valley, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The Walden Trail on the way to Mt. Passaconaway
The Walden Trail on the way to Mt. Passaconaway

Route: Oliverian Brook Trail, Passaconaway Cutoff, Square Ledge Trail, Walden Trail, (Mt. Passaconaway), Dicey Mill Trail, Rollins Trail, (Mt. Whiteface), Rollins Trail, Dicey Mill Trail, East Loop, Walden Trail, Square Ledge Trail, Passaconaway Cutoff, Oliverian Brook Trail

Starting at the Oliverian Brook Trail parking area, we headed up the fairly gradual Oliverian Brook Trail. Heading onto the Passaconaway Cutoff, the trail continued to have fairly decent footing and low pitch until a brook crossing. Thereafter, the trail steepened a bit, eventually reaching the Square Ledge Trail. After a short drop, the trail then climbed a bit more steeply up to the Walden Trail.

From there, we continued steeply up to the Passaconaway viewpoints, with some large ice bulges slowing progress. Views were limited due to snow flurries.

After reaching the summit, we headed down the Dicey Mill Trail, then worked over to Whiteface via the Rollins Trail. With the snow falling, it didn't seem like there would be any views, so we turned around at the true summit (rather than continue to the view ledges on the south knob).

For the return trip, we took the East Loop back from Dicey Mill to the Walden-Square Ledge trails, then descended, eventually needing headlamps around the water crossing.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, November 27, 2010
Hike Commenced: 7:47 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,240'
Destination: Mt. Passaconaway
Ascent Commenced: 7:47 AM
Summit Reached: 11:03 AM
Time Elapsed: 03:16
Trailhead Elevation: 1,240'
Summit Elevation: 4,043'
Distance: 5.1 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,883'
Destination: Mt. Whiteface
Ascent Commenced: 11:11 AM
Summit Reached: 1:19 PM
Time Elapsed: 02:08
Trailhead Elevation: 4,043'
Summit Elevation: 4,020'
Distance: 3.1 miles
Vertical Gain: 840'
Hike Ended: 5:35 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 09:48
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,060'


The Oliverian Brook Trail trailhead
The Oliverian Brook Trail trailhead

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

The Dicey Mill Trail on the way to Mt. Whiteface
The Dicey Mill Trail on the way to Mt. Whiteface

The viewless true summit of Mt. Whiteface on the Rollins Trail - Click to enlarge
The viewless true summit of Mt. Whiteface on the Rollins Trail




Directions to trailhead: Take Route 112 West from Conway. The Oliverian Brook Trail WMNF fee parking lot access road and trailhead will eventually be on the left, between the Champney Falls and UNH Trail trailheads.

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