I’ve had been dying to hike the last couple weekends, but was unable due to terrible weather and other commitments. When I found out that it was supposed to rain all weekend, I was disappointed, but wasn’t going to let that stop me from getting on the trail. My girlfriend and I headed north, but to our surprise, no rain came at all on Saturday. We were left with an overcast day that turned out to be perfect hiking weather.

Whiteface Looking at Passaconaway and Chocorua

Great views of Passaconaway and Chocorua

Trail Conditions

The trails were not nearly as wet as expected with all of the recent rain. We took the steeper Tom Wiggin Trail which involved a river crossing that was a bit difficult with the high waters. I was able to cross with some hopping, but my girlfriend took off her boots and braved the cold river crossing. Overall, the trail was quite dry, but fairly leafy. This made it a little slippery on the steeper sections, but not bad at all. If you aren’t the greatest rock hopper, and don’t want to take your boots off, I would suggest taking the Blueberry Ledge Trail. Only small amounts of snow were at the top. The very packed snow was easy to walk on, so there wasn’t any issues with that. All exposed rock did not have any snow. No crampons necessary.

The Blueberry Ledge Trail on the way down was dry, but leafy. Some very leafy sections made it hard to see the trail, but it is such a well marked trail, that there was no issue following it.

Temperatures were right around 60 degrees at the bottom, dropped to around 50 at the top, and were right around 50 degrees once we reached the bottom again. Wind speeds between 5 and 10 MPH.

Additional Pictures

Mount Whiteface Rock Scramble

Standing on a ledge after the first rock scramble on Whiteface.

Southwestern Views from Whiteface

Southwestern Views from Whiteface

View of Mount Passaconaway from Whiteface

View of Mount Passaconaway from Whiteface

View of Mount Chocorua from Whiteface

View of Mount Chocorua from Whiteface

View of Lake Winnipesaukee from Whiteface

View of Lake Winnipesaukee from Whiteface

Wonalancet River

Wonalancet River

Wonalancet River

Wonalancet River

Wonalancet River

Wonalancet River

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