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Mount Whiteface and Passaconway Loop is a 11.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Wonalancet, New Hampshire that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 11.3 mi Elevation gain 4,038 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Snowshoeing

Forest

Views

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

Snow

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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.

There is an outhouse at the trailhead.

Saco Ranger District 603-447-5448

There is a $3 fee per day to park here.

From Boston, I-95 until exit 4. Rt 16 North, until the Chocorua region. 113 West, until Tamworth, then Rt 113-A until the trailhead. (it ends close to it).

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Pia Bertone-Gross
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HikingBugs

We did this last weekend - whiteface to passaconway. Overall it was a heck of a workout! Both of our trackers said it was closer to 15 miles total. Not sure how accurate they are. The summits were somewhat uneventful, though as many have said there were pretty good views along the way. We also happened to learn a new word. Even though we always see the rock piles we never knew what they were called - Carin :-) Thank you to the gentleman who dropped the knowledge bomb.

Meg P.
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HikingRockyScramble

A good one. We did it clockwise (Whiteface first) and glad we did— as others have mentioned, rocky scramble leading up to Whiteface was easier going up than it would have been going down. A couple of false summits were tough on morale, but the hike along the ridge from Whiteface to Passaconway was easier and more level than expected. Heat and humidity were unreal bad... don’t do it if it’s this hot! Not fun to be in a river of your own sweat.

Gordon Miller
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Cam Weeks
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Tough hike if it’s extremely warm and humid as it was today (7/9). This took us 6.5 hours total to complete. The bugs were the worst I’ve experienced yet this summer and it was quite muddy and wet between the two peaks. The views from Whiteface are pretty nice on a clear day though. One section before reaching Whiteface was very steep and rocky which I was not expecting. FYI when you park in the lot, you have to walk out of it toward the road and to the right to get to the true trailhead (not through the woods next to your car).

Ryan Delena
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Brian and Chewie Go Hiking
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Hiking

Great hike up blueberry Ledge Trail to Whiteface ,definitely some climbing up the steep rock slide and was worried Chewie would struggle but he was like a mountain goat out there (Brian and Chewie Go Hiking)YouTube,relatively easy hike to Passaconway from Whiteface,,Dicey Mill Trail was nice on the feet for the most part,highly recommend this loop hike

cody User
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Gary Lombardo
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Hiking

Great trail! Went up Blueberry, which got steep at the top. Awesome views on Whiteface. Hike to Passaconoway was easy, with a final push to summit. Bugs were bad at the top. The Dicey Mill trail down was great - very gentle and easy. Highly recommend going up Whiteface over to Passaconoway and down rather than reverse. 11.9 miles, 4000 feet elevation, 6 hours, 15 mins.

Sarah Arvidson
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HikingBugsMuddy

Beautiful and long day. Nice weather throughout the day, so muddiness on the trail, mostly well maintained. total came out to about 11.6 miles via my watch (or 12.8 miles on mom's phone). quite buggy as all the trails seem to be this time of year. plenty of nice views along the trial (other than the summit of Passaconaway).

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Caleb La Croix
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Hiking

05/25/2020 One of my favorite parking locations/walk-in to the “trail head”. Cloudy, and snowy up top. Took the loop counter-clockwise up Dicey’s Mill Tr to Passaconaway then to Whiteface. I will say...we walked right by the Whiteface summit, so keep your eyes peeled. All around great hike though.

Kate Hurd
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Katharine Ambrose
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

Date: 06.20.2020 Duration: 7 hours 15 minutes (8AM - 3:15PM) We are glad we started this hike early as it was into the high 80's for temperature. We went up blueberry ledge to Whiteface, over the ridge to Passaconway, up the .9 to the Passaconway summit and back down Ferncroft. Whiteface was a great challenging hike. The last mile was pretty steep and a lot of rock climbing. We took lots of water breaks with the heat. At the top of Whiteface we had some lunch and there were some thunderclouds rolling in so we started the ridge over to Passaconway. That was a little over 2 miles and not bad, but the trail was rather narrow. Once we were at the junction, we made the .9 trek up to Passaconway, it gets pretty steep with a lot of rocks, but not as bad as Whiteface. Once at the top, there is a small lookout. It then started to pour so we quickly made our descent down back to the junction and continued down Ferncroft. A little ways down we noticed it was completely dry so the rain had only been at the top of the mountain. The hike down was nice and not too challenging. Make sure if you are going on a hot day you back a good amount of water. Would suggest going the route we did, I would not want to go down Whiteface especially after already doing one peak. Overall, it was a great hike that was challenging but rewarding.

Maisie Smith
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