Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Whiteface, Mt. Passaconaway, NH
Trails: Blueberry Ledge Trail, Rollins Trail, Walden Trail, Dicey's Mill Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 13, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: No issues 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The water crossing on Dicey's Mill is bridged by a log. I had no trouble walking across the log. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails are in pretty good shape. There are still a couple of blowdowns on Dicey's Mill that are awaiting clearing; all are very easy to navigate. A guy was out working on the Blueberry Ledge Trail today, clearing downed tree limbs and such. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw a couple. All seemed to be having fun. 
Bugs: Yes, it's blackfly season. They're really only an issue below 2,000', but I'd recommend bringing bug spray. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: I was pleasantly surprised by how good the trail conditions were today! I went up Blueberry Ledge; below about 3,600' or so, it's full on summer conditions with very, very little mud and no snow. Shortly before the ledges, the first very small patches of snow appear; the ledges themselves are totally clear of ice and snow.

Immediately after re-entering the woods at the top of the Blueberry Ledge Trail/start of the Rollins Trail is where the snow and monorail begins. I put on spikes shortly before the true summit of Whiteface. The snow is deepest from the summit of Whiteface to about 3,600' in the col between Whiteface and Passaconaway. While extensive, the monorail is pretty stable. Some people were bare-booting it, but I personally wouldn't do that. It looked like a very not fun experience. With spikes, it was no issue. Spikes not needed from the col up until about the last tenth of a mile from the summit of Passaconaway. I did the full "loop" of the Passaconaway summit, and Walden is the same as Dicey's Mill--spikes helpful for MAYBE a tenth of a mile, after which unnecessary.

Coming down, Dicey's Mill is in great shape. There's a blowdown or two, but nothing difficult to navigate. Trail is dry with no snow on it. Sections of mud are few and far between. 10/10 day.  
Name: IanB 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-05-13 
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