Saturday, January 1, 2011

Whiteface & Piper Mountains - Winter Hiking

Whiteface Mountain - Elevation: 1,660ft
Piper Mountain - Elevation: 2,044ft
Elevation Gain: 1,140ft
Distance: 5 miles roundtrip
Duration: 5 hrs

Difficulty: Moderate

Spent the first day of 2011 on my very first winter hike - Whiteface (1,660') and Piper (2,044') Mountains in the Belknap range in New Hampshire. Recently I joined a new meetup group, the New England Over 50 Hiking Group! Although it's been years since I've hiked, I enjoyed the pace of the group. With 20 on Whiteface and 10 on Piper, I was the 'baby' of the group. And what a surprise to find another local Hawaii girl on the trail! We had a lot in common as we spoke of the food, hula, pidgin english and Hawaiian quilting. Temps were in the high 40's and most of the ground was covered in snow. Some spots hiking up to the Piper summit were slushy. Microspikes and trekking poles came in handy making it easy to hike across large rock faces as well.

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View from the summit - Whiteface Moutain

Local Hawaii girls summit Whiteface Mountain!
Piper Mountain in the background.

Our group at the crossing

Lake Winnipesaukee from near the Piper Mtn summit


View from the summit - Piper Moutain


View from the summit - Piper Moutain


View from the summit - Piper Moutain

Descending Piper Moutain

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