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Whiteface Mountain
Gilford, NH

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

Route: Piper Whiteface Trail, Whiteface Trail, (Whiteface Mountain summit), Whiteface Trail, Piper Whiteface Trail

Since I was in Laconia and it was a nice afternoon, I decided to do a quick nearby hike. Though I didn't have my stuff with me, I headed over to the Belknaps for a hike up to Whiteface Mountain.

The road walk and first part of the Piper Whiteface Trail were fairly dry, however once I neared the cabin, there was a decent amount of water coming down the trail. Shortly after that, things were dry again.

After getting on the Whiteface Trail, I was soon on the Jeep road portion of it - where I had to deal with about half a dozen large puddles. Fortunately, there was room to walk around them in the woods.

Arriving at the summit, I found the best views to be just north of the highpoint - views ranging from points west, to the Sandwich Range and lakes, to the southern Belknaps.

While I was already thirsty prior to hiking and didn't have any water with me, the moderate amount of blueberries along portions of the trail tided me over. There were very few bugs to contend with and zero other hikers out on these trails.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Whiteface Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Hike Commenced: 3:58 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,050'
Destination: Whiteface Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 4:00 PM
Summit Reached: 4:31 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:31
Trailhead Elevation: 1,060'
Summit Elevation: 1,664'
Vertical Gain: 739'
Hike Ended: 5:15 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:15
Hike Vertical Gain: 794'


The Piper Whiteface Trail trailhead on Belknap Mountain Road
The Piper Whiteface Trail trailhead on Belknap Mountain Road

A frog hanging out in one of the large puddles on the Whiteface Trail
A frog hanging out in one of the large puddles on the Whiteface Trail

Looking past Gunstock Mountain at Lake Winnipesaukee and the Sandwich Range from near the Whiteface Mountain summit - Click to enlarge
Looking past Gunstock Mountain at Lake Winnipesaukee and the Sandwich Range from near the Whiteface Mountain summit

Topographic map of Whiteface Mountain - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: From Route 11A East (from Route 3), take a right on Hoyt Road. Continue down this road as it becomes Belknap Mountain Road. At the end of this road, take a left. There will eventually be a turnaround area with a private road sign. Park here, and continue up the road on foot. The Piper Whiteface Trail trailhead will be on the left side of the road.

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