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Mt. Whiteface, 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.
The lower Blueberry Ledge Trail
The lower Blueberry Ledge Trail

Route: Blueberry Ledge Trail, Rollins Trail, (Mt. Whiteface), Rollins Trail, Dicey Mill Trail, (Mt. Passaconaway), Dicey Mill Trail

After essentially spending a week sitting or laying down due to flu weakness, I decided to head out and attempt to hike again. Starting on the roadwalk, I was quickly having thoughts of turning around, as I was a bit unsteady with normal walking. Nonetheless, it was a nice morning, so I decided to continue on for awhile.

By the time we reached the Blueberry Ledges, I was nearly convinced that I was done for the day. While my legs weren't sore, there was simply no energy. Nonetheless, I continued for a bit further and soon fell into a slow rythm. By the time I reached the Wiggin junction, I felt that I had enough in the tank to make it up to the ridge.

The upper scramble ledges were generally in good shape, though I did use an axe to pull myself up one small one that I couldn't get my leg up and over. Nonetheless, it was fairly smooth sailing, as the snow had filled in decently. Reaching the south Whiteface peak, we had minimal views due to clouds.

From there, it was fairly smooth sailing along the Rollins Trail, over the summit, and to the Dicey Mill junction. Though still lacking energy, I was able to turn the corner and head up to Passaconaway, from where we had decent views of nearby mountains.

The descent went fairly smoothly, though I was fairly worn out by the end of it. Nonetheless, it was nice to finally get out again.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, February 12, 2011
Hike Commenced: 8:07 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,140'
Destination: Mt. Whiteface
Ascent Commenced: 8:07 AM
Summit Reached: 11:28 AM
Time Elapsed: 03:11
Trailhead Elevation: 1,140'
Summit Elevation: 4,020'
Distance: 4.2 miles
Vertical Gain: 3,055'
Destination: Mt. Passaconaway
Ascent Commenced: 11:31 AM
Summit Reached: 1:38 PM
Time Elapsed: 02:07
Trailhead Elevation: 4,020'
Summit Elevation: 4,043'
Distance: 3.1 miles
Vertical Gain: 863'
Hike Ended: 4:03 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 07:56
Hike Distance: 11.9 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,038'


The Blueberry Ledge Trail trailhead at Ferncroft
The Blueberry Ledge Trail trailhead at Ferncroft

Looking into the valley from the south peak of Mt. Whiteface - Click to enlarge
Looking into the valley from the south peak of Mt. Whiteface

A no-fall-zone on the Rollins Trail on the way to Mt. Passaconaway
A no-fall-zone on the Rollins Trail on the way to Mt. Passaconaway

Mt. Chocorua as seen from near the summit of Mt. Passaconaway - Click to enlarge
Mt. Chocorua as seen from near the summit of Mt. Passaconaway

Topographic map of Mt. Whiteface, Mt. Passaconaway - Click to enlarge


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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