|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Whiteface, Mt. Passaconaway, NH|
||Blueberry Ledge Trail, Rollins Trail, Dicey's Mill Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, March 22, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty of good parking |
||Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Spring Snow |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All open but easy, water is low |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Thanks to the WODC all trails are in excellent condition |
||Is it too late to see Snow Fleas? |
|Lost and Found:
||A very pleasant day on the trails with Mike NoLastName of the WODC trail crew. Mike removed several leaners, clipped back some brush. Thank you Mike for pleasant conversation that made the Dicey Mill trail seem much shorter. Thanks to guys like Mike the trails in the Wonalancet area are so enjoyable.|
Mike was not pleased that hikers had removed the brush that was placed to block the entrance to an abandoned short portion of the Dicey Mill trail. The WODC has built a re route around this short, unmaintainable section of the old trail. Mike put the brush back in the abandoned trail hoping to get hikers to take the reroute. Yes, with the current 2 feet of snow the old trail is manageable. But the snow is melting fast. Underneath it is a very steep side hill on a mossy ledge. Not safe. Please respect their request, take the reroute.
Mike and I met Doug, a WODC historian, and his wife just below the only significant stream crossing. From Doug I learned that Dicey's sawmill was near the stream crossing. It was a steam powered sawmill which explains why no stonework for a dam at the site.
Trail condition? There is plenty of snow still covering the ledges on Whiteface making them easy. Spikes were enough to get up Whiteface and over the Rollins though there were stretches where the sun had softened the snow making it necessary to stay centered on the trench otherwise posthole. Dicey Mill trail from the Rollins to Passaconaway has seen a lot of traffic so was frozen and solid. Dicey Mill below the Rollins was mashed potatoes but still spikeable if you are careful. I wanted to put on my 'shoes on this stretch but knew I would have to take them off to cross the stream. Once across the stream they went on and happy I did. So much easier in the cream of wheat snow.
||old man and the saw |
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.