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Hike Mount Whiteface

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Mount Whiteface Information

Elevation: 4,019 feet (1,225 meters)
Prominence: What is Prominence? 591 feet (180 meters)
Location: Wonalancet, NH, Grafton County, NH
Range: Sandwich Range
Coordinates: 43°56'02" North     71°24'21" West
Rating: How do the ratings work? Moderate
Features: Brook, Limited Summit Views, Lookout spots,
Peak bag What is Peak Bagging?
Distance of highlighted hike below: 11.4 miles with
Mt. Passaconway (or hike just Whiteface at 6.8 miles)

Mount Whiteface is a 4,042 foot mountain in the White Mountains. It is sandwiched between Mount Tripyramid, and Mount Passaconaway.

It is situated in the Sandwich Range of the White Mountains along with 6 other 4,000 footer mountains: Mount Osceola, East Osceola Mountain, Middle Tripyramid Mountain, North Tripyramid Mountain, Mount Tecumseh and Mount Passaconway. There are 5 other mountains in this mountain range that are not 4,000 footers: Mount Chocorua, Mount Kancamagus, Mount Paugus, The Sleepers, Sandwich Mountain

The summit of Mount Whiteface lies on the Rollins Trail roughly 0.3 miles north of the top of a massive granite cliff, for which the mountain is named after. The summit is heavily wooded with no summit sign.

Mount Whiteface lies within the watershed of the Saco River, which reaches the Gulf of Maine at Saco, Maine. The south side of Whiteface is drained by the Whiteface River, then into the Cold River, Bearcamp River, Ossipee River, and the Saco River. The east side is drained by the Wonalancet River, then into Swift River, and Bearcamp River. The north side is drained by Downes Brook, then into another Swift River, and the Saco River.

For peak-baggers:
Mount Passaconway is 3 miles from the summit of Mount Whiteface

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Trailwrights 72 summit club
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Photo of a hiker-dog who successfully made it to the summit of Mount Whiteface on 9/26/2011



Mount Whiteface Trail Maps - Directions from the parking lot to the summit Top

The map below shows how to get to the summit of Mount Whiteface as well as Mount Passaconway. Parts of this hike are on private property, so please be respectful when hiking on someone else's land. They do allow hikers to pass through with ease.

Begin by walking out from the parking lot onto Ferncroft Road by taking a right. Walk to the end of the road where the Dicey's Mill Trail begins. Hike up for 1.6 miles, passing a gate fairly close to the beginning of the trail, until you reach an intersection. Turn right onto the Tom Wiggin Trail and continue for 1.1 miles where you will meet up with the Blueberry Ledge Trail. Turn right and continue for roughly 0.8 miles until you reach the summit of Mount Whiteface (staying right on the trail even when you pass the McCrillis Trail and the Kate Sleeper Trail, both on the left).

After you enjoy the summit of Whiteface, continue along the Rollins Trail for 2.2 miles where you will meet back up with the Dicey's Mill Trail on the right. Stay left and continue up for 0.9 miles until you reach the summit of Mount Passaconway.

There are several trails to take back down to the parking lot, but here is our suggestion: Hike down the 0.9 miles you just climbed up to get to the Dicey's Mill Trail and Rollins Trail junction. Take the Dicey's Mill trail down for 3.4 miles until you reach the end of Ferncroft Road, and turn left back into the parking lot.

Mount Passaconway, Mount Whiteface - Blueberry Ledge Trail, Diceys Milk Trail, Ferncroft Road, Wonalancet, NH 4000 Footers
Click to download PDF Trail Map of Mount Whiteface and Mount Passaconway

Mount Whiteface Photos Top

Mount Passaconway views  along the Rollins Trail
Views from along the Rollins Trail on 9/26/2011


ferncroft road whiteface passaconway from road
View from the road before the Whiteface / Passaconway loop hike on 9/26/2012


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Lookout spot up to Mount Whiteface on 9/26/2012


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Difficult scramble on the Blueberry Ledge Trail on May 24, 2015.


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Tom Wiggin Trail (not recommended steep and loose) trail sign on 9/26/2012


Wonalancet River Mount Passaconway Mount Whiteface
Photo near the beginning/end of the hike crossing the river on 9/26/2012

Mount Whiteface Driving Directions Top

The parking lot for this hike is located on Ferncroft Road in Wonalancet, NH.

From the South:
Take exit 24 off I-93 where you will end up on US-3/NH-25 towards Ashland/Holderness. Turn right onto Route 25 / E/US-3 / S/Daniel Webster Highway and follow for 4.4 miles. Turn left onto route 113 / Squam Lake Road and follow for 11.7 miles. Turn left onto route 113 / E/Maple Street and follow for 3.7 miles. Continue to follow route 113A W for 6.7 miles. Instead of turning onto the same route (113A) at a sharp 90 degree angle, you will stay straight onto Ferncroft Road. The parking lot is down the road on the right.

From the North (Berlin, NH area):
Follow route 16 South until it meets up with route 113 (Deer Hill / Silver Lake Road), where you will take a right onto route 113 West (Chocrua Road). Drive 2.9 miles and turn right on route 113A East and continue for 5.6 miles. Ferncroft Road will be on your right side. Drive down Ferncroft Road until you see a turn on the right side for a parking lot.

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