|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Whiteface Mountain, NH|
||Whiteface Mountain Trail, bushwhack, logging road, unnamed trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, May 20, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||At the turnaround at the end of Belknap Mountain Road. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Nothing of note. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||No blowdowns on WMT. Water bars could use a cleaning. The ridge continues to be torn up by ORVs. Lots of dislodged boulders, some large, lying in the trail. |
||Black flies were horrendous, especially on the whack down into the valley, which was shielded from the wind. A breeze kept them at bay on the summit. I picked up a few ticks during the whack. |
|Lost and Found:
||I found a decrepit hunting stand along the logging road down in the valley. ||
||Damp conditions on the actual hiking trail, but easy walking all the way to the summit.|
From there I bushwhacked down into the valley between Whiteface and Piper, which I'd done before, in mostly open woods. I crossed an old skid road at one point and followed a drainage down to a large clear cut, and the prominent logging road beyond (depicted on the Dave Roberts map). This road sees some ORV use. The woods were wet but not too bad. I skirted the clear cut to avoid mud.
I followed the logging road up the valley to where it became more overgrown at a three way junction. I took the middle road, which quickly deteriorated and faded away. I took a bearing on the ridge and bushwhacked a short distance, crossing a stone wall, then intersected with the unnamed trail also depicted on the Dave Roberts map. I hit this trail higher than I wanted to. In retrospect, I probably should have taken the left branch back at the three way junction to stay lower on the slope. This trail took me a short distance back to the WMT. From there, I followed the hiking trail out.
Conditions are mostly damp, with some significant muddy areas along the ridge and logging road. I must be a glutton for punishment bushwhacking in this humid weather with the bugs, but I've been curious about the top of that logging road and trail for a while. :)
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.