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Trail Conditions

Trip Log


Mt. Whiteface
Sandwich, NH, Waterville Valley, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The McCrillis Trail
The McCrillis Trail

Route: Flat Mountain Pond Trail, McCrillis Trail, Rollins Trail, (Mt. Whiteface), Rollins Trail, Blueberry Ledge Trail, McCrillis Path, Tilton Spring Path, McCrillis Path

Trails were mostly dry and in good shape. Maybe saw 3 minor patches of mud the entire day. McCrillis Trail is quite vague in places and could be hard to follow when fresh leaves fall. Scrambles aren't as tough as Blueberry Ledge Trail, but wouldn't want to do this in wet conditions. Blueberry Ledge Trail was dry and the lower reroute is becoming pretty well established. Tilton Spring Path also a little bit vague in the middle section - fresh leaves would obscure this as well. Wouldn't want to drink out of the spring pool right now...water is trickling into it, but not out of the pipe. McCrillis Path can now be hiked from Ferncroft to Whiteface Intervale. New reroute heads uphill from old McCrillis Path, climbs a good 50-100 vertical and has lots of minor ups and downs. Footbed is inconsistent, but it looks like folks have spent lots of time building things to smooth it out. Middle portion of reroute goes along a nice gorge. Lower (Whiteface Intervale) portion follows old logging roads and pops out at the Ambrose Nature Preserve entrance. Temporary blazing is up at vague junctions/turns.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, September 16, 2012
Parking Elevation: 1,140'
Destination: Mt. Whiteface
Time Elapsed: 02:16
Trailhead Elevation: 965'
Summit Elevation: 4,020'
Vertical Gain: 3,205'
Hike Time Elapsed: 05:52
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,455'

The Flat Mountain Pond Trail trailhead
The Flat Mountain Pond Trail trailhead

The Ossipees as seen from the south peak of Mt. Whiteface - Click to enlarge
The Ossipees as seen from the south peak of Mt. Whiteface

Tilton Spring Path
Tilton Spring Path

The new McCrillis Path under construction
The new McCrillis Path under construction

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 113A to Whiteface Intervale Road. The eastern Flat Mountain Pond Trail trailhead will be on the left, shortly after Bennett Street.

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