Friday, May 22, 2015

Mt. Whiteface - 5/20/15

It was another really nice Wednesday afternoon in the mountains.  Needing all individual peaks requiring individual hikes this months, Whiteface was my next target. The temperatures were comfortable to start, but once some elevation was gained, a cool breeze dropped temperatures low enough to see my breath.  This seemed strange because it was really sunny and I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt.  It was a fun and fast climb to the summit, reaching it in just over an hour from the Ferncroft parking lot.  It had been a long time while since I ascended the Blueberry Ledge Trail, and it was just beautiful and peaceful to have this pretty trail to myself on this crisp and clear May day.  After a snap shot on the summit, and another very short break near the ledges, I was down the mountain with quickness, finishing the hike in two hours and forty nine minutes.  Next, I would be off to hike Mt Carrigain.

Trail Junction on the Blueberry Ledge Trail
View southwest-ish from the ledge on Mt. Whiteface  
Easterly view with Mt. Passaconaway and Chocoura
Whiteface Summit 
Whiteface Summit - 9th Round
Whiteface - 9th Round
Crisp air, beautiful clear views
Did not see another person.

Trail Conditions:
The route was free of snow and ice all of the way to the summit, and water bars have been raked out recently. Down low, moose droppings were spotted.
No snow or ice remaining on this route 
Recent trail work (waterbar cleaning) 
Moose activity
Hike Stats
Trails: Blueberry Ledge Trail, Rollins Trail
Distance: 7.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 3,066 ft.
Actual Book Time: 2:49
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