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Trail Conditions

Trip Log


Whiteface Mountain
Wolfeboro, NH

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

Route: Unknown trail

With a great forecast (clear and sunny), I decided to do a quick, new-to-me, local hike. Arriving at the trailhead, the skies were mostly cloudy.

The first part of the trail was basically a descent down an old road which passed numerous stonewalls and cellar holes in the woods. I proceeded straight through the first intersection, then took a right at the second junction onto a blazed trail (various old blazes, ranging from red to white).

The trail lollygagged around for a bit, before reaching a lowpoint while paralleling stonewall. Thereafter, the trail ascended somewhat steeply, passing a recent logging cut and then eventually reaching the grassy summit area of Whiteface Mountain.

Just beyond the grassy area was the view ledge, which featured 180 degree vistas. While points to the north and east were under clouds, I could see some blue sky to the south.

The trail itself could certainly use some work - there are a lot of blowdowns (none too hard to get by) and the blazes are faded and vary in color. Nonetheless, it's a nice quick local hike.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Hike Commenced: 4:21 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,090'
Destination: Whiteface Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 4:21 PM
Summit Reached: 4:42 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:21
Trailhead Elevation: 1,090'
Summit Elevation: 1,339'
Vertical Gain: 369'
Hike Ended: 5:15 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:54
Hike Vertical Gain: 499'

The trailhead on Cawper Road
The trailhead on Cawper Road

Looking north from the ledge near the Whiteface Mountain summit - Click to enlarge
Looking north from the ledge near the Whiteface Mountain summit

Topographic map of Whiteface Mountain

Directions to trailhead: From Route 16 in Ossipee, take Route 28 south, then take a left onto North Wolfeboro Road. Go straight through an intersection onto Stoddard Road, then take a left onto Cawper Road immediately after passing a cemetary. The trailhead is to the right of a red garage near the height of land. Park on the side of Cawper Road.

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