Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Whiteface, Mt. Passaconaway, NH
Trails: Blueberry Ledge Trail, Rollins Trail, Dicey's Mill Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, May 16, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Things were in nominal shape.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The crossing near the bottom of Dicey's Mill is pretty tame at the moment; if you had to slosh your way across, it wouldn't be the end of the world. Up near the summit of Passaconaway, there's a drainage that you could grab a sip of water; consider bringing a filter.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: In contrast to the Tripyramids which I did last week, and suffered no shortage of blow-downs, the trails this outing were in magnificent shape. There was one blow-down on Dicey's Mill, maybe half a mile or so from the finish, that will need some attention. I knocked down the worst of it with my folding saw, but it'll need a tad more work to clear the whole thing away and make things tidy again.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  

No kidding, I saw trilliums easily into the hundreds on Whiteface, all the way up to 3,000 feet. Blue bead lilies are on their way, as are Solomon's seal, cucumber root, and I even spied a couple pink lady slippers starting to unfold. Down near the beginnings of both ends of the trail, some purple violets looking regal. What a sight for sore eyes!

Besides that, the loop is its same challenging self. My spikes came along for a free ride. Snow and ice didn't really materialize in a real sense until some point around Kate Sleeper. Clambering up the ledges was ice-free. In the col, it seemed to keep a lot cooler, so there was more there of course. Overall, nothing so bad you couldn't dance around and find a way with just bare boots.

Photos and a more detailed report on my blog as always. Share and enjoy!  
Name: Protean Wanderer 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-05-18 
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