Hiking the White Mountains
by Lisa Densmore (Falcon Guides)
© Lisa Densmore/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
Made this a 11.9 mile trip instead of 12.5 by not doing the .6 mile total extra portion after Mt. Passaconaway summit for another view. Our time for the 11.9 miles was 9.25 hours. Note Whiteface and Passaconaway were my 27th and 28th peaks summitted. Given that, I will say Whiteface was one of my most difficult and I could not have summitted if I had been by myself (as many others were done). The very last part has a steep slab to navigate and several ledges difficult to navigate. I just couldn't figure out logistically how to get up them and the consequences for not doing so would have been severe. I'm a 5'5, 130 lb. female who is in decent shape and I found myself unable to manage the foothold and hand reach required by myself. Fortunately, I had a partner who was strong enough to give me a hand up (literally). If I had been by myself, I would have turned around. Just thought someone should put that out there.
The views on the way and at the top of Mt. Whiteface are incredible! We started at 7:30am and arrived on Whiteface at 10:50am. We left for Passaconaway at 11:10 and arrived at its summit at 1:50pm walking mostly along a ridge. There was a significant area of blowdowns in that area that was shocking how destructive it had been. However, the trail has been cleared so travelling along it was not an issue. We were greeted at the summit of Mt. Passaconaway by a small cairn and no view but there are views other places along the way so not that dissappointing. We left the summit about 2:10 pm and arrived in the parking lot at 4:45 pm, the start and end going thru private property. Note also there was a wide stream to cross towards the end before the private property but even though we had a lot of rain the day before was crossable on both rocks and a large birch tree fallen.
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