Mount Whiteface

Featured photo of Mount Whiteface

Mt Whiteface is the second highest peak on this mountain range that includes Passaconaway, Paugus and Chocorua. Parking is at the Ferncroft area which lies near some private residences. From the parking lot Whiteface appears a pretty daunting climb. The summit can be reached via the Blueberry ledge trail. The higher ledges can be slippery in wet weather and descend them only in winter if you are wearing crampons. There have been more than a few accidents while descending. A longer but more pleasant descent is via the Rollins trail and Dicey mills trail which takes you back to Ferncroft. The southern peak has a fine view of the Lakes region and other mountains in the area. The main peak (which counts if you are a 4K peakbagger.) is a wooded peak further down the trail on Rollins. Its neighbor is Passaconaway which is another 4,000 footer. I've hiked this mountain in all seasons and consider it to be one of my favorite hikes. Distance one way is 3.4 miles. Close to 3,000 feet of elevation gain from trailhead to peak and add another 900 feet at least if you want to bag Isolation as well. In August the blueberries are abundant on the lower ledges. This is a walk up but the higher ledges can require some scrambling, especially in wet or icy weather.

Elevation (feet): 4,020
Elevation (meters): 1,225
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: White Mountains
State: New Hampshire
Latitude: 43.9339
Longitude: -71.4064
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
First successful climber(s): Native Americans
Nearest major airport: Manchester NH
Convenient Center: North Conway

Thanks to Jim Lombard for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 5 trip reports for Mount Whiteface.

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  • Log #17723 - by Steve Miller on Oct 26, 2004
    Wilmington trail-moderate climb with spectacular views. some ice and snow on summit.
  • Log #17724 - by Nathan Williams on July 05, 2004
    Did the Wonalancet Trail up to Passaconaway, and then the Rollins trail along the ridge to Whiteface. The ledges on the south face gave great views, whereas the main summits of both do not at all. It...
  • Log #17725 - by Mike Collins on June 01, 2004
    Hiked Mt. Whiteface with an AMC Group on Sunday May 30th. Weather was superb. Hike was one of the best I have done in the Whites. The scrambles on the ledges were fun, the views of the Lakes and Mt.
  • Log #17726 - by Jim and Anne Lombard on Apr 29, 2004
    I've climbed this peak in every season and have found a magical and rugged place. My wife and I climbed to the summit adding a peak to her 4,000 footer list for NH. Adding Passaconaway via Rollins...
  • Log #17727 - by Mike P. on Feb 12, 2003
    Great views of Lakes from Cliffs that peak gets it name from.