|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Whiteface, Mt. Passaconaway, NH|
||Blueberry Ledge Trail, Rollins Trail, Dicey's Mill Trail, Walden Trail, East Loop|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, September 17, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty of room at the Ferncroft Road parking. Beware that there are many signs warning not to park on Ferncroft Road or in certain sections along the access drive to the parking area. On good weekend days you must arrive early to get a parking spot. |
||Dry Trail |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Water crossing of brook on Dicey's Mill Trail is easy |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Trails in good condition. No obstructions. Rock stairway on Blueberry Ledge Trail preventing erosion on steep grade. A new reroute on Rollins Trail appears to bypass the tricky ledge section on the original route. |
||The steep ledges on the Blueberry Ledge Trail can be troublesome for some dogs. I have heard owners who had to assist dogs in some of the steepest ledges. |
||A few flies that were not bothersome |
|Lost and Found:
||The Blueberry Ledge Trail steep grades were on dry rock surfaces today. There are a few dead trees that provide helpful foot and hand holds. It will probably be more difficult if these trees disappear. I prefer ascending the steep ledges rather than descend. These ledges would be difficult when wet and dangerous if icy.|
Although the Passaconaway summit has no views, there are outlooks to the north (spur trail off Walden near summit), east (Walden), south (Walden), and west(Dicey's Mill). The usual mud spots on the spur trail to the north outlook were dry enough to walk on. Also great view to the lakes from the Mt Whiteface south ledges. Unfortunately the clouds and smoke prevented views to distant or high peaks.
Many hikers out today. One woman in the middle of the Direttissima (I also met her on Tuesday on Mt Jackson). Met three hikers from Middleton Ma who are working on the NH48. Other hikers from Jericho VT and Salem NH.
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.