|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Whiteface, Mt. Passaconaway, NH|
||Blueberry Ledge Trail, Rollins Trail, East Loop, Walden Trail, Dicey's Mill Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, November 2, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||6 cars in the lot at 7 am. Lot full with cars on side of road in the afternoon. |
||Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Small Patches |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Small streams were easy.
On the way down Passaconaway, the only "real" crossing of this hike, the river was flowing and not "rock-hop-able". There was a tree trunk going across, which I used with trepidation (and success), but a challenge for those with balance issues!
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Would have appreciated more trail markers, esp on the blueberry ledge trail. Got off track before the ascent, but able to re-route after checking gps. Definitely challenging at times to see the trail due to leaves. Additionally, would love to see some markers on the steep ledges on the ascent.It looks like there are holes from an old ladder , and that would be helpful in that steepest part, or at least an arrow so that the hiker knows they are going the correct way before heading up that steep part! We chose to stay on the far left side on that steepest area of the ledge (where there are holes in the rock heading up the center). We used hand holds and "crawled" up, also using the tree trunk for support. We were not confident about going straight up the middle.
6 blowdowns on the ascent closer to the top of Whiteface. |
||quite a few dogs, it is steep at parts..... |
|Lost and Found:
||Absolutely spectacular day for this rugged and challenging hike. One of my overall favorites. I would not recommend this hike for beginners due to the length of the hike and the steep ledges before the summit of Whiteface. I am glad I did not hike alone on this one, mainly bc of the steep ledges-- |
There were many icy parts on the trail, so some slow going, but did well with a little extra caution.
Carried microspikes but did not use them.
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.