FranklinSites.com Hiking Guide
Home

States
 Colorado
 Connecticut
 Maine
 Massachusetts
 New Hampshire
 New York
 Rhode Island
 Utah
 Vermont

 View All

Lists
 NE 4,000 Footers
 NE 100 Highest
 NH 4,000 Footers
 NH 100 Highest
 NH 52 With A View
 NH Belknap Range
 NH Ossipee 10

Links
Search

Trail Conditions

Trip Log
 Sunrises
 Sunsets


About


White Ledge
Albany, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the northern branch of the White Ledge Trail
Looking down the northern branch of the White Ledge Trail

Route: White Ledge Trail

With clouds moving in, I only had a few hours of sun. Since I had long been interested in hiking the Route 16 side of the White Ledge Trail, I decided to give it a go.

After parking along the northbound shoulder of Route 16, I was soon on my way up first part of the White Ledge Trail. I was pleasantly surprised to see my first leaves of the spring - and not as pleasantly surprised to deal with the first black flies.

Starting off briefly as paved, the trail turned into a woods road for awhile, even beyond the junction with the spur trail to the campground. Though certainly not flat, the trail didn't get overly steep as it made its way past Roundtop. Dropping beyond there, the trail soon turned and climbed White Ledge proper.

The views from this ledgy section of trail were quite good, with nice vistas of the Moats and Green Hills (and even a peak at Washington).

Reaching the someone anti-climatic summit, I had a staredown with a grouse for awhile, before heading over to the near-summit view ledges.

As was the case with the ascent, there was some blowdown work that needed to be done while descending the southern side of the loop. Fortunately the water crossings were fairly easily done.

After climbing back uphill to the Route 16 branch of the trail, it was a fairly gradual descent back to the road. While I was very underwhelmed with this hike when doing it as an out and back from the campground, I found the loop version to be much more scenic and enjoyable.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, April 30, 2009
Hike Commenced: 3:19 PM
Parking Elevation: 705'
Destination: White Ledge
Ascent Commenced: 3:19 PM
Summit Reached: 4:42 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:23
Trailhead Elevation: 705'
Summit Elevation: 2,010'
Vertical Gain: 1,435'
Hike Ended: 6:01 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:42
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,540'


The White Ledge Trail trailhead on Route 16
The White Ledge Trail trailhead on Route 16

Bellwort along the White Ledge Trail
Bellwort along the White Ledge Trail

A grouse hanging around the summit
A grouse hanging around the summit

Looking at Green Mountain from near the summit of White Ledge - Click to enlarge
Looking at Green Mountain from near the summit of White Ledge

Topographic map of White Ledge - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: From Chocorua Village, take Route 16 North past the White Ledge Campground. The White Ledge Trail trailhead will be on the left, opposite the northern junction of Pine Knoll Road. As of spring 2009, the trailhead sign is missing, though a 'Campground Ahead' sign is still there. There is limited room to park on the shoulder of Route 16 northbound, just beyond the trailhead.

Back to White Ledge Profile




Copyright 2002-2018, All Rights Reserved.
www.FranklinSites.com