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: Saturday, March 16, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: I was the 2nd car in Ferncroft lot at 7am; when I returned in late evening, there were about a half dozen vehicles, including a couple parked on the outside edge of the lot towards the field.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Mud - Significant, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The crossing on Dicey's Mill is bridged by a big tree with a smaller log next to it, as has been there for a while. Despite being above freezing by the time I got there in the afternoon, the water level was well below the logs.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: A couple of super friendly and well behaved dogs.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Conditions were mixed, with everything from bare dirt to mud, ice, slush, a little power in one spot near Whiteface, and mostly mashed potatoes and packed wet snow. Bareboot from parking lot; spikes once into the snow/ice and up Blueberry Ledge (some black ice in the open rock area); snowshoes from Whiteface summit to Passaconaway and to all the way down to that crossing (at about 2000'); spikes for a while til the snow ran out.

Snowshoes were really helpful for traction and stability in the mashed potatoes and slushy snow; also helps to pack the trail, making it better for everyone.

Very few folks have taken the East Loop up to Passaconaway, though there are some tracks that way. Everyone this day was going out and back on Dicey's to the summit.  
Name: Joseph Ear Drum 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-03-17 
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