Mount Whiteface | 4,020′ | Strenuous
Mt. Whiteface (4020′) shares a prominent ridge with Mt. Passaconaway (4,043′) the easternmost 4,000 footer of the Sandwich Range Wilderness. Lookout ledges south of Mt. Whiteface’s wooded summit offer great views of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region.
Note: for complete trail descriptions, times, elevation, trailhead directions, and major features, see the AMC White Mountain Guide.
Strenuous: The summit of Mt. Whiteface can be reached from the south directly via Blueberry Ledge Trail, an ascent of 3.9 miles. To summit Mt. Passaconaway, continue north along Mt. Whiteface’s ridgeline via Rollins Trail for 2.5 miles to Dicey’s Mill Trail. From Dicey’s Mill Trail ascend a short steep section to the Passaconaway’s summit. Descend Dicey’s Mills Trail for 4.6 miles back to the head of Blueberry Ledge Trail.
Safety in Summer and early Fall
The AMC recommends all hikers check weather conditions in advance, carry a current map and guidebook, along with a compass and knowledge of how to use it. For recommendations on how to plan a safe hike in the White Mountains, see: The 10 essentials for a safe and pleasant hike.
Winter Hiking on Mt. Whiteface
Winter hiking anywhere in the White Mountains requires specialized equipment and skills, and experience in coping with weather, navigation, and winter gear. Extremely severe storms can develop suddenly and unexpectedly, especially above treeline. The combination of high wind and low temperatures has such a cooling effect that the worst conditions on Whiteface are approximately equal to the worst reported from Antarctica, despite the much greater cold in the latter region. Hikers interested in extending their activities into winter are strongly advised to seek out organized trips with leaders who have extensive winter experience. Several AMC chapters offer winter hiking and backpacking instruction, and AMC offers several guided winter mountaineering trips; search for “Instruction” in AMC’s activity listings. Helpful information can also be found in the AMC Guide to Winter Hiking and Camping .
The ridge system that connects Mt. Whiteface, Mt. Passaconaway, and Mt. Wonalancet (2728′) creates a secluded valley, or cirque. This area, known as The Bowl Natural Area, has never been logged.