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17 days ago

Great fall hike with limited views at the peak. There is a small stream crossing at the start but the rest of the trail was pretty dry with a little snow pack on the last 30 percent of the trail.

hiking
22 days ago

Great hike, we completed this hike on October 26th, clear sky’s and no wind at the summit. There was about three inches of snow and very little ice.

hiking
25 days ago

Not being too experienced as a hiker I took this hike on 10-22-2018. It's my fourth hike in the white mountains. The climb is steady up and wore me out. Took several breaks on the way up and down. It snowed lightly for the whole hike. The summit was windy and cold and almost a total white out and still an excellent experience. Id think that this climb was moderate/hard and a leg burner. Will do again in spring to get some views. I recommend this hike

hiking
1 month ago

First trail my family and I attempted after our recent move to New Hampshire. I’ve done some hunting and hiking in Colorado and Alaska, but my family has not. That being said- they did phenomenal. We made it up and back in a few hours. My children are 4 and 5, so it took a while longer than it may take most. The views were amazing. If you’re going in the fall or winter, dress appropriately, the temperature drops substantially at the peak, and it was SUPER windy when we went. Great hike though. Trails were easy to follow and the trail markers are clearly visible. All in all, great hike.

Well after the rain stopped...
great hike mainly because of the stunning leaf peeping. It was the perfect timing to see the autumn leaves. However, it was super muddy and slippery at times but great colors and good chilly temperatures to keep you nice and cool.

Give lots of time. Avoid rain. Going home to cry into a beer now...

Loved this trail. Very challenging but rewarding. We did it on a cool cloudy day so we had no view but we had the trail to ourselves. Took our dog with us and he loved it. The rocks and rooted were pretty slippery so make sure you where proper hiking shoes. We will definitely be back!

Do not underestimate this trail! We hiked it yesterday and it was awesome! We are slower hikers and started at 8am and got back out 10 minutes before dark. To put in perspective we did little Haystack, Lincoln and Lafayette starting at 11am and finishing just before dark. Allow yourself plenty of time to complete. Beautiful trail though

First time hiking it .....easy to follow and we had a blast!!! The views are amazing ❤️

Great hike, exhausting though! I did it in a counterclockwise loop going up Dicey’s Mill to Passaconaway first. It was quite wet toward the top (above Rollins trail) due to recent rain. I opted not to do the view spur because it is a downhill hike and well, it would have to be a pretty amazing view to make that worthwhile, especially given all the mud. I then took Rollins trail over to Whiteface. It felt longer than 2.3 miles, with more ups and downs than I was expecting, but there were a couple of nice viewpoints along the way. Whiteface has stunning views, especially of all the big lakes. One could spend a lot of time on those beautiful boulder ledges! The descent down Blueberry Ledge trail was challenging! Lots of butt sliding and small prayers hoping my tired legs would hold up with some jumps down. I can’t imagine hiking UP this trail. I was thankful to have gravity on my side. It would be an incredibly challenging hike up, not just the ledge part, but lots of just generally steep parts too. Kudos to trail crews who have done an amazing job with granite steps. My dog handled everything no problem, but she is part mountain goat for sure!

Amazing views, a good length, and one instance of confusing trail markers made this 4/5 for me. There are maps available under the “Shelter” at the parking lot at the beginning of the West Ridge Trail. Also a few picnic tables there.

We hiked this trail at the end of September 2018, and the trail up to the rock face was soggy or muddy most of the way. Definitely hike in waterproof hiking boots/shoes. The water also made some of the rock face near the top rather slippery.

Our intent was to take the West Ridge Trail up and back. It is marked with orange paint. There is a fork in the West Ridge Trail about 1/4 mile before the peak, and the West Ridge Trail continues to be marked by orange paint on the rock face. It was confusing because there was an orange arrow pointing down the other fork, so we erroneously followed that fork (didn’t notice the orange paint on the rock face on our way up... see picture I uploaded). That fork ended up leading to where the South Peak and Rimrock trail breaks off, so our ascent to the peak was slightly steeper coming from that side vs. the West Ridge side.

I have not been hiking much recently, and was carrying a 35 pound toddler on my back for the duration of this hike. I also do not have good hiking shoes anymore. My knees are definitely feeling it this evening. Would recommend using a walking stick / hiking poles.

Also would not hike this unless it’s a clear day. The view is too pretty to waste on a cloudy / rainy day. We were a couple weeks early for peak fall colors, but was still worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic hike. We followed the directions listed in the description. The views off of WhiteFace were great. This would be a great trail to break up and spend a quiet night in one of the great tent spots we found along the trail.

Interesting hike. If you are scared of heights I would not recommend because there are some parts on whiteface where you need to do some free climbing (my dad said he hiked this when he was a teenager 40 years ago and there were ladders but there are NO ladders at all now). We went up whiteface and down passaconaway, completed the whole loop in 7 hours and 48 minutes.. including breaks. We did take a long break at the top of whiteface (maybe half hour to 45 min long). Started at around 11:30ish and finished by 7.. just minutes before sunset! We weren’t paying attention to time at the beginning of the hike but once we left whiteface we sped up to beat the sunset. Also if you have bad knees I wouldn’t recommend unless you have the time to descend carefully and some type of support.

A friend and I made this a two day trip. Trailhead parking and directions were not entirely clear as we drove right to the Blueberry Ridge trail head. After some deliberation decided that we would park at the Ferncroft parking area 2/10m from the trail head.(this is the right move). We hiked in at 0900 and took our time. Even with the heavy rains the day before there was no water avail until the old Camp Rich site just below the summit loop. We saw a lot of moose and bear sign(picture of bear scratching was taken 10-12 feet from my hammock at Camp Rich). Although the summits are in tree line there are a couple of good overlooks. Camp Rich was a cool little piece of the hill. You can feel some of the care and history of that camp and can imagine many hikers and backpackers having great times and creating life memories. There are 4-5 decently flat sites with a large fire pit and plenty of deadfall. It has been very responsibly used with a solid “no trace” look. There is a pristine water source right at the eastern edge of the camp. To find the camp you will have to pay close attention. As you start to round the northern height of the clockwise loop, you will see the first ascent trail to Passaconway. Just before that left turn is a small stream running across the trail, back up from the stream about 20 feet and look north(left) to see a clearing and a lightly tread path into the clearing. Once in the clearing the path will lead you NW about 20-25 yards to the campsite. It was beautifully silent all night, no highway or road noise, with just the occasional jet wash overhead. BRING A BEAR BAG! To really up the seclusion and very lightly used trails we choose to bypass Diceys Trail and take Walden Trail to Wonalancit Ridge Trail. We where very happy with the choice as it was obviously very infrequently used. Great hike, great company, awesome. In summery if you are in it for the big bold summit views, not here. But for nature, seclusion, and very light traffic, you will love this hike.
Say hello to Lip the “fungi” on the Walden Trail (see photos)

Perfect weather for this loop on Sunday. Views are pretty limited. If you like extended exposed views, this is not the best hike. Managed the full loop with my 4 yr old lab in about 5 hours. He loved it. For those with dogs, the Blueberry Ledge trail was bone dry. There was no available water until the Rollins Trail just before heading up the final ascent to Passaconaway.

hiking
2 months ago

Good hike with steep inclines. the trail is full of rocks and tree roots so good hiking boots make a difference. No spectacular views until you get to the summit and even then the view is brief. The woods along the way are filled with different species of colorful mushrooms and the woods can seem quite magical. 6.2 miles round trip took nearly 5 hours with breaks. A moderately difficult 4000 footer for beginners.

We took the South trail going up and then did a slightly longer loop taking Clark Trail, then back west on the Hurricane Trail (uphill again) before heading down on the West Trail. Best part aside from the amazing views, was the mossy forest along Hurricane Trail. If you have the opportunity, take the extra .5 miles to head Southeast on Clark Trail, then West on Hurricane before heading down on West. Or, take the South trail going up and down.

This was a very nice hike. Dense forest with air plants and a generally soft trail with roots and some small rocks. Very peaceful and quiet. The first 2.1 miles are consistently and moderately up with some steep sections where you arrive at a false top. The trail then descends and ascends several times until you reach the summit. Views are to the north where you can hang out on rocks at summit. If you need a break from hiking on trails with lots of step ups and downs this is a good choice. It’s a great cardio workout! Enjoy!

Long and challenging, but beautiful, hike. Our ascent up Blueberry Ledge was fun, and somewhat quick. 3 hrs from parking lot to Whiteface summit (we stop for breaks, too). There was some more ~technical~ climbing up big boulders, but nothing we (or some dogs) couldn't handle. Socked-in summit at Whiteface, which cleared up as we moved on to Passaconaway. The traverse from Whiteface over to Passaconaway took about 3 hrs, and we elected to explore the view spur, which was a nice treat after no views pretty much all day! Our descent was wicked quick. We covered 4 miles in an hour and a half, a record pace for me and my partner. All in all a great day, 8:45 total time.

Straight up with limited views and small summit, not likely to do this again but glad I crossed it off the list!

My legs were definitely not in shape for this challenge. All the boulders made my ascent and descent very slow. If you have sore knees to start with, Mt Madison is not for you. The views are breathtaking!

High Humidity is not to be taken lightly. Phew I survived

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is relentless. False summit almost got me, quite a steep decline after that but kicks back up when you get close to the top. The view was limited but from what you can see boy it’s beautiful. I really enjoyed the hike, it’s as foresty as it gets. Smells like a Christmas tree the whole way. They say this is easy but I didn’t find it easy, I found it quite steep and strenuous. Left at 6:45am landed back at my car at 12:20.

3 months ago

Nice early morning hike to the top and some great views.

Great hike with my 7 year old. Just enough challenge and beautiful views from the top.

fantastic loop and terrain diversity, will be back for sure

hiking
3 months ago

...did this trail as an extension of the Lafayette Loop. From all the reviews it sounds like this was a much less strenuous way to bag this peak.

Really fun hike, it was definitely some work to get up whiteface , agree with the hard rating, but more fun than hard. Really enjoyed this loop to bring me 1/2 way to 48!

Amazing doing it for a second time this year

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