|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Whiteface Mountain, NH|
||Whiteface Mountain Trail, ATV trail, logging road|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, March 20, 2016|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||I parked at the turnaround at the end of Belknap Mountain Road. |
||Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||No problems. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||The jeep road section of the WMT was a frozen, muddy, eroded mess. ATVs have really damaged this section. :( The ATV trail down the south side of the mountain is very eroded and muddy. The WMT is indicated on maps as Whiteface Mountain Trail, but is signed as Piper-Whiteface Trail at the trailhead and Piper Foot Path along the ridge. Inconsistent to be sure. However, it is consistently blazed in blue the entire way. |
|Lost and Found:
||A return to Whiteface to finish up some redlining in the area. Last time I tried this trail, I was chased off by an aggressive dog at the house next door. No problems this time.|
WMT is a pretty easy cruise up, never steep with good footing. Any muddy areas were frozen, and just a few tiny patches of black ice. No snow at all but lots of leaves. Great views from the ledges on this bluebird day.
I also tried to find the cliffs on the south side of the mountain. I had assumed the ATV trail continuing over the summit would lead to them, but I guess not (?). I followed the trail down to just beyond a cleared logging area and then down a logging road, but turned back as I had to reclimb the mountain and had limited time. I did find one seemingly out of place cairn on the southwest side of the mountain just off the summit, but no obvious indication of a trail. Anyone have details on how to get to the cliffs?
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.