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Tyler’s Quest for the 4,000-footers

June 4, 2012

The weatherman said that Thursday, May 31, was going to be beautiful – sunny with a cool breeze – a perfect day for hiking.  So, Tyler decided to play hooky from work (he works for his dad!) and he drove over to Wonalancet to hike Mt. Passaconaway and Mt. Whiteface.

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll have read about (here and here) my son Tyler’s quest to climb New Hampshire’s 4,000-foot mountains – all 48 of ’em.

Tyler figured he could knock off Passaconaway (4043-ft.) and neighboring Whiteface (4020 ft.) with a 12 mile hike that would take about 8 hours.  Located within the Sandwich Range Wilderness, Whiteface has south facing cliffs and ledges which offer sweeping views of Lake Winnipesaukee and Squam Lake. Other ledges offer views towards Mt. Washington and Mt. Chocorua, and well into Maine. From the false summit there are views to the Tripyramids and other peaks to the west.

“Steep and rocky were common elements in this hike,” Tyler reported.

“The summit of Whiteface.  I almost walked right passed it,” Tyler said.

You can glimpse Waterville Valley ski area in the distance.

Mt. Whiteface on the left (Passaconaway is over the hill in front).

Looking north & west from Passaconaway towards the Tripyramids.

View from the ledges on Whiteface.

Passaconaway from Whiteface ledges.

About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget. 1-888-987-8333.

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