|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Whiteface, Mt. Passaconaway, NH|
||Blueberry Ledge Trail, Rollins Trail, Dicey's Mill Trail, East Loop, Walden Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, October 16, 2022|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||There were several spots available at the Ferncroft Rd. parking lot when we arrived at 9:30am. There were only two or three cars left in the lot when we departed just after 6pm. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Blueberry Ledge Trail begins by crossing Wonalancet River on a bridge on Squirrel Bridge Rd. The only other significant crossing on our route was on Dicey's Mill Trail at elevation around 2000 ft., 0.4 miles north of the intersection with Tom Wiggin Trail - one crosses by walking across a large log a few feet above the water, not too difficult if you have a sense of balance - there was enough water flowing that it looked difficult to cross without using the log. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||The section of Dicey's Mill Trail between the junctions with Rollins Trail and East Loop is very wet, with the trail coinciding with a small brook for a brief section.
While ascending Dicey's Mill Trail, immediately before reaching the junction with East Loop the trail seemed to fork, which made me wonder briefly whether that was the junction with East Loop, even though there was no sign there. It might be good to indicate somehow that Dicey's Mill Trail goes right there at that fork before the true junction (where it bears left).
There were a few blowdowns on Walden Trail above the junction with East Loop, but all were easy step-overs or step-unders. |
||Dogs would not be able to manage the steep ledges on Blueberry Ledge Trail above the ledge with a cliff and a view. |
|Lost and Found:
||The Rollins Trail is muddy in places, though the mud can be mostly avoided, by rock hopping.|
If you have time, on Mt. Passaconaway, it is worth taking the "To View" path 0.3 miles down to the north viewpoint, though that path too has some mud.
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.