Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Whiteface, Mt. Passaconaway, NH
Trails: Blueberry Ledge Trail, Rollins Trail, Dicey's Mill Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, December 26, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Ferncroft Rd is plowed but there are some snow drifts to get through; a small/low economy car might have trouble if driver isn't experienced. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Upper Dicey's Mill trail is washed out a little bit in places but the water is very shallow; lower Dicey's Mill trail water crossing is also shallow and easy to get across on rocks - log bridge is treacherous, ice/snow covering the log.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A couple of downed trees all the way around bowl, not hard to step over or around. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: People should control their dogs - there was a skittish dog that interrupted our run both times that we passed it because we didn't want to drive the dog too far away from the owner. Please be responsible if your dog behaves unpredictably! 
Bugs: n/a 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: We ran up Blueberry Ledge trail with no trouble using only trail shoes (light or no spikes) and changed into running snowshoes for convenience near the peak of Whiteface - bare-booting would be possible for a hiker, but snowshoes would be helpful. The ledges were covered in clear ice but we managed without an axe using tree root handholds. We broke trail around the bowl, there were deep drifts but three of us went through with snowshoes and then another hiker going the other way. Dicey's Mill trail was packed well and exposed with some water here and there, a little annoying with snowshoes. Microspikes probably would be more convenient there as the trail stands now. Lower Dicey's Mill trail called for snowshoes again.  
Name: Brandon Newbould 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-12-26 
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