|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Whiteface, Mt. Passaconaway, NH|
||Blueberry Ledge Trail, Rollins Trail, Dicey's Mill Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, March 17, 2023|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plowed, still slushy and muddy easily manageable. |
||Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Slush |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Crossing below camp rich is tricky due to high snow on both sides but manageable |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||Arrived at trailhead at 7am being the only car there. Four of us started at 730am and barebooted the road to the beginning of blueberry ledge trail when switching to snowshoes. Followed a track until Blueberry ledge cutoff which was broken out. Blueberry ledge was not. We opted to follow Blueberry ledge trail not knowing how far they had made it into the cutoff. We started breaking trail in fresh snow 4-6 inches deep. Once we got to the ledges, the snow had drifted significantly to roughly 12 inches deep. Once we reached the intersecting of Blueberry ledge cutoff the tracks from before had rejoined. We followed the tracks which were visible and easy to follow. At some point the snow was fluffy and easy to pack down, drifts along the trail being shin deep at times. The ledges were snowed in but easy to get traction in. The tracks we followed reached the Whiteface lookout but ended there. After the lookout was a whole other story, from the Whiteface lookout until the intersection with Dicey's Mill we were breaking fresh deep snow. At its shallowest snow was shin deep, at its deepest snow was just above the knees. From the intersection to the summit of Passaconway was the same scenario, breaking fresh snow and drifts. Once we arrived at the summit, a hiker who had followed our tracks coming from Whiteface had met us at the summit of Passaconway. From the intersection coming down to Ferncroft, we followed a roughly broken out trail with the top being fairly deep snow and towards the bottom at times being fairly boney with rocks and mud. |
With our group of four and the solo hiker, there is a decent trench but the trail is still very soft and demands snowshoe use.
||George Somerset |
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.