Ascent of Mount Whiteface on 2016-10-09

Climber: Elbert Kim

Others in Party:Emilie
Andrew and Stacy
Date:Sunday, October 9, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Whiteface
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4000 ft / 1219 m

Ascent Trip Report

The day started out a little wet from the previous day's rain, but it wasn't raining - at the start. It began to rain fairly lightly around 11 a.m. so I'm glad I made it up by 8:30 a.m. to begin our hike or else I would have probably not gone up.

Me and my group of friends (Emilie, Andrew and Stacy) started our ascent at the free parking lot (off Ferncroft Road) and traversed the Blueberry Ledge Trail (fairly flat for a long stretch at the beginning to warm the legs). I believe we made it to the top of Mt. Whiteface, but couldn't find a marker in the rain. The Tom Wiggins Trail is completely obscured by tree growth so we only discovered it on the way back down from the top as we carefully figured our way off the mountain in the rain. We sensed that we were at the top because we had passed the McCrillis Trail.

On the way down, we decided to heed the warnings of the Tom Wiggins Trail signs of danger and took the next cut-across that led us to Dicey's Mill Trail for a relatively easy walk back to the car. At the conclusion of this trail, you will several homes laid out against the beautiful backdrop of the mountains next to them. Not sure if it's private properly, but it appears that path may be a public easement across their lands back to the parking lot. There are signs that say it's private property but that "hikers are welcome".

With the wet weather and rolling clouds, it was certainly an adventure. Fall was in full bloom and the color was spectacular. Most importantly, there were at least 3 look out points up to the top of Mt. Whiteface that were memorable enough for me to pull of the weather camera for a few shots!

The following day was Indigenous Day (formerly Columbus Day), so finding a hotel in this region was extremely challenging and pricey for a night's stay (>$250/day). We were out by 4:30 p.m. and chose not to hike Mt. Passaconaway, an option for nicer days.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Raining, Cold, Calm, Low Clouds
Light cold, drizzly day

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