|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Whiteface, Mt. Passaconaway, NH|
||Blueberry Ledge Trail, Rollins Trail, Diceys Mill Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, April 24, 2011|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Spring Snow |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||water crossing on diceys mill not a problem. rock hop combined with walk on downed tree kept feet dry. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||some blowdown in the upper section of diceys mill trail above rollins junction. one big hardwood down across lower section of diceys mill trail. drainages in lower portion of diceys mill trail will need to be cleaned.
|Lost and Found:
||snow rail down low on blueberry ledge trail with layer of new wet snow on top. mix of wet trail, bare ledge and snow until start of steep climbing where snow coverage becomes more consistent. probably an inch plus of new wet snow higher up. the upper ledges were in decent shape with no hard ice. some ledges snow covered and others bare rock. still deep snow over whiteface and across rollins trail. some potentially difficult sidehills developing along the rim of the bowl with a couple icy sections that can be avoided. diceys mill trail had the same layer of new wet snow over a solid packed base. one stretch of ice just below summit. lower section of trail below water crossing mostly snow free minus a couple isolated stretches though plenty of wet and mud to be had. |
booted until steeps on blueberry ledge trail then hillsound spikes to whiteface summit. snowshoes from there until snow petered out shortly above diceys mill water crossing. then boots to the trailhead. carried crampons in case the ledges were an issue, but spikes were by far the best choice.
nicer day weather wise than i had expected. mix of clouds and sun in the morning with decent views from various viewpoints. some dark clouds and a little drizzle on the hike down. saw a fair number of bear prints on the trails at elevation. great day to be out.
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.