|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Whiteface, Mt. Passaconaway, NH|
||Blueberry Ledge Trail, Rollins Trail, Dicey's Mill Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, December 19, 2014|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Ferncroft parking lot and access roads are 90% covered with ice. |
||Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Open but low water. All crossings are straightforward. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||We removed half a dozen and trimmed what we could but there are several new blowdowns on the trails - primarily on Rollins tr. Some old blowdowns are now considerably more tedious due to the snow coverage. |
||Really good conditions for dogs and Cinnilla nailed the ledges once again with little difficulty. Ice coverage on the lower parts of the trails may be a challenge for some dogs but overall ice is not a problem. |
|Lost and Found:
||Lower parts of the trails are a mixture of dry, wet, snow-crust and ice (blue/black). It is impossible to pick perfect "footwear". Larry and I barebooted for the most part but it can be tricky. |
At higher elevation light traction worked pretty well. We used snowshoes across Rollins tr but in hindsight we would probably not make the same choice again.
Rollins tr is a challenge. There are numerous "bendovers" and "stepovers" all covered with heavy ice and snow-crust. It felt like pushing through a jungle. If we had carried helmets we would have worn them! We considered cutting some of the stuff but if we had started doing that we would still be up there. Instead we removed the blowdowns we could.
Blueberry Ledge (from the Tom Wiggin jct.) was delightful with good snow-coverage and practically no ice. Blazing sunshine and no winds did not hurt!
Despite the Rollins tr a great day for Cinnilla, Larry and myself.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.