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Peaks
Peaks Mt. Whiteface, Mt. Passaconaway, NH
Trails
Trails: Blueberry Ledge Trail, Rollins Trail, Dicey's Mill Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 2, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: It should be noted that on the 4/24 initial posting of closures, Ferncroft was included. The updated 4/28 list removed it, so the trailhead IS open, plenty of cars. Thanks for WODC for having a stocked jiffy john. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The lone major crossing of Wonalancet Brook was certainly high, but the stoic birch tree still serves as an awesome bridge. There where other options, though 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails are in great shape overall. No blowdowns of note, aside from the one widow maker along Blueberry that has finally come down/taken out! Major props! Nothing of note drainage wise on Blueberry. Over on the Dicey Mills side I spent about 2 hours cleaning water bars/drainages for the rest of the spring melt. If one had an actual cultivator, you could still improve them greatly. Left about 20 flowing stronger than how I found them. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Four doggoes out today, all seemed to be having a fine time 
Bugs
Bugs: I spotted my first black fly.... NO!  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found a pink & purple underarmor toque on the ledges. 
 
Comments
Comments: Started my day as the 3rd car in the lot. First time up Blueberry Ledge without snow on it! A truly amazing day. Snow line on Blueberry is about 2750, bare booted to there. From there it was spikes all day, I know, I know... if you read my TR's im a huge snowshoe advocate... My turn to be postholio?. From 2750 to the ledges went surprisingly quick. Noted fresh bear tracks infront of me for about a 1/2 mile on the trail to the junction of Mcgrillis. Thankfully did not run into said bear. Ledges where interesting as it would have probably been better bare boot, but I left my spikes on because I truly enjoy my cheap thrills. Ledges are a mix of dry / 4" slush ontop of warm rock.

Visited the plaque on the ledge outlook before continuing to true summit of Whiteface. Did note a lone set of snowshow tracks coming up from Downes Brook. The nail is still in the tree for the Whiteface sign that someone put up and some LNT lunatic ripped down. Atleast take the nail too if you're that upset. Nails arent native either. From here noted one set of snowshoe tracks and one set of spikes along Rollins. I had my snowshoes with me, but the trail conditions are so poor along the lip of the bowl, it was pointless. You would have had to completely rebreak rollins as its a ridiculous postholio soft slush mess. The snowshoer infront of me got fed up with this and took their snowshoes off after about 1/2 a mile. Trail at one point deviates slightly but wildly corrects itself back. There is some pucker factor on the side of the bowl with the blue ice.

From Rollins/Dicey junction it was a welcomed sight to see staired steps for the entire route to the summit. Commanding views from the summit lookouts. The two folks infront of me appear to have gone around the summit cone and down Walden to make a loop - they did not actually summit. I broke out the true summit. Again the LNT Lunatic left a nail in the tree and took the mispelled sign as a trophy. On the way out I passed about 6 folks and four dogs. The birch bridge over Wonalancet is still super helpful. Did a bunch of trail work on the way out. All in all a FANTASTIC day on the Child of the Bear  
Name
Name: Teal Goat 
E-Mail
E-Mail: sea2thebiscuit@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-05-02 
Link
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