Mount Passaconaway sits at 4,043 feet in the Sandwich Range in NH. It is most frequently hiked in conjunction with Whiteface Mountain (4,019 feet). Passaconaway is a uniquely shaped mountain that looms over the Sandwich wilderness, and is easily recognizable from many areas on Lake Winnipesaukee.
Height: 4,043 feet (1,232 m)
Distance: 9.2 Miles (14.8 km)
Duration: 4-6 hours
Elevation Gain: 2,950 feet (899 m)
Passaconaway can be summited by various different trails. It is also frequently combined in a loop with Whiteface. These routes are below.
Dicey Mill Trail – 9.2 miles – 2,950 feet elevation gain
This trail located off of Ferncroft road is the most popular route up Passaconaway. It features moderate inclines in the woods the entire way to the summit.
Walden Trail from Old Mast Road – 9.4 miles – 3,400 feet elevation gain
This route features some more steep sections and is slightly more difficult than the Dicey Mill Trail. The trailhead is on Ferncroft Road.
Wonalancet Range Trail – 9.8 miles – 3,450 feet elevation gain
This trail will enable hikers to summit mount Wonalancet on the way to Passaconaway. Hikers will also summit Mount Hibbard. This is a great route up to do a loop hike by hiking down the Dicey Mill Trail.
Loop Hike with Mount Whiteface
Many hikers choose to combine Whiteface and Passaconaway in a 12.1 mile loop hike to tackle 2 fantastic NH 4,000 footers.
Oliverian Brook Trail – 10.2 miles – 2,800 feet elevation gain.
This trail is accessed from the Kancamagus Highway (NH112). This is the longest option up, and features gradual gains until the end of the hike.
Passaconaway is a great winter hike. The trailhead on Ferncroft road is plowed in winter. The Dicey Mill Trail is well traveled, features gradual gains, and is likely the best trail to utilize for winter hiking. If hiking with Whiteface, it is better to go up the Blueberry Ledge trail than down due to steepness and ice build up.