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Hiking Mount Whiteface – Sandwich Range, NH

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Article Categories: Hiking
Article Tags: Day Hikes | Hiking | NE 67 | New Hampshire | The 48

Mount Whiteface (4,019 feet) is the southern most NH 4000 footer. It is located in the Sandwich range, and is often combined with Mount Passaconaway (4,043). There are various routes up Mount Whiteface, but the most common is a 6.8 mile round trip.

Distance: 6.8 Miles (10.94 km)
Elevation: 4,019 Feet (1224.99 meters)
Elevation Gain: 3,111 Feet (917.75 meters)
Difficulty: Intermediate
Duration: 3-5 Hours

Blueberry Ledge Trail

This is the most popular trail up Whiteface, and for good reason. It features a gorgeous walk along the Wonalancet River. This is a 3.2 mile trail to the summit, making it a 6.4 mile round trip. Steep rock sections are near the top, require some hand over hand scrambling.

 

Dicey’s Mill Trail

The Dicey’s Mill Trail, is a slightly more difficult route up Whiteface, and it features a bridge-less river crossing that can present problems during high water. This is a 3.4 mile trail to the summit (6.8 round trip). You will have to turn left onto the Tom Wiggin trail to meet up with the blueberry ledge trail before the summit of Whiteface.

 

Passaconaway and Whiteface

The highlighted route below will summit both mountains and is 12.1 miles long. I highly recommend summiting both mountains. Passaconaway’s only good view is down a lookout trail, but it is a fantastic place to eat lunch.

 

Trail Map

Mount Whiteface Trail Map

Map Courtesy of hikenewengland.com

 

Directions

Being the southernmost 4000 footers, Whiteface and Passaconaway are nice and close for many in the Lakes Region. Located in Ferncroft, NH, the trailhead isn’t right off the highway like many. Here are Google Maps directions:

 

 

Weather Forecast

Center Sandwich, NH

Today
Rain showers before 5pm. Mostly cloudy. High near 44, with temperatures falling to around 38 in the afternoon. West wind 5 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight
Mostly clear, with a low around 18. Northwest wind 10 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday
Sunny, with a high near 43. Northwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Thursday Night
Clear, with a low around 22. Northwest wind 0 to 10 mph.

Friday
Sunny, with a high near 52. Northwest wind around 5 mph.

Friday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 29.

Saturday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 55.

 

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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Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais is the founder of hikingandfishing.com. He has a passion for the outdoors and making outdoor education and adventure more accessible. Max is a published author for various outdoor adventure, travel, and marketing websites. He is an experienced hiker, backpacker, fly fisherman, backcountry skier, trail runner, and spends his free time in the outdoors. These adventures allow him to test gear, learn new skills, and experience new places so that he can educate others. Max grew up hiking all around New Hampshire and New England. He became obsessed with the New Hampshire mountains, and the NH 48, where he guided hikes and trail runs in the White Mountains. Since moving out west, Max has continued climbed all of the Colorado 14ers, is always testing gear, learning skills, gaining experience, and building his endurance for outdoor sports. You can read more about his experience here: hikingandfishing/about

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