Mount Whiteface and Passaconway Loop is a 10.4 mile loop trail located near Wonalancet, New Hampshire that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
This is a fun loop hike deep in the White Mountains to two wooded summits but with ledges and various viewpoints along the route the hike is well worth it. The trailhead is beautiful and the trails are pretty well maintained. Climb Whiteface through the Blueberry Ledges Trail (you can take the Blue Berry Ledges Cutoff as well, it merges into the Blueberry Ledges anyway). Up until the last half mile you will be immersed in deep forest. Beautiful brooks and small falls next to the trail. Not too many ledges or blueberries until you get close to Mt. Whiteface. The last half a mile climbing Mt. Whiteface is rather steep but short. You will be rewarded by beautiful views to the west. Continue northeast into the Rollins Trail which will hit the intersection with the Dicey's Mill Trail. If you take this trail north (left) you will hit Mt. Passaconway. Although that is the mountain top, you may want to walk a quarter of a mile north to the view point. Turn back through the Dicey's Mill Trail which lead you down to the trailhead where you started.
Had so much fun! Light snow throughout the hike made for fun views. One spot on whiteface had to hand the pups up one at a time and one spot on passaconaway had to coach them up - just added to the adventure! Lots of postholds of the monorail,only needed microspikes
I did not meet another hiker all day. Nice hike with few frills.
I used the AMC backpacking guide for this overnight backpacking trip. A mostly forested journey with good views near the top of Mt Whiteface and Mt Passaconway. Not many people, especially once you get past Whiteface (going clockwise).
I loved this loop. The views weren't spectacular, but the hike was fun and moderately difficult. I've been working through the 4,000 footers because I enjoyed this hike so much.
I loved this loop hike! Started up the Blueberry Ledge Trail to the summit of Whiteface than the Rollins Trail over to Dicey's Mill up to the peak of Passaconaway. Returned traveling down the Walden Trail to the Wonalancet Range trail. The whole trip took about 6hrs 45mins covering a little over 11 miles. Amazing day with great foliage in the Pemigewasset Wilderness.
Great views on a clear day east, south, and west. North is blocked by trees. Deceiving hike as you start off on a gradual climb and then BOOM, uphill climb is very vertical. False peak near top too. Did the hike on 1/20/12 and it was a great day - 6 inches of fresh snow, sunny, no clouds, no wind, and 25 degrees f out. Would recommend this to everyone.
In summer, make a 2 day hike out of it and head from whiteface to chicorah(sp?).