Hiking Mount Whiteface and Passaconaway
Mount Whiteface (4,020 ft) and Mount Passaconaway (4,043 ft) are ranked 45th and 42nd respectively among the AMC 48 4,000 footers. ** The loop hike is 12 miles with approximately 3,950 feet of elevation change and takes 8-10 hours to complete. The 3D view below shows the overall route with 200 foot contours to illustrate how challenging the slope gets nearer to the summit of Mount Whiteface.
Below are the elevation profiles, one for the ascent and one for the descent. You can also use the example below to calculate the gain per mile (ft), rise, and slope.
How Much Climbing Is Required?
As an example, we will calculate a segment of the loop hike. The starting elevation is approximately 1,200 ft. and the summit of Mount Whiteface is 4,020 ft. The distance between each contour shown above is 200 feet. The elevation gain is 4,020 minus 1,200 which equalls 2,820 feet. The trail length from point A to point B is approximately 3.3 miles from the parking lot to the summit.
Calculating Gain Per Mile: [ Elevation gain divided by trail length ]
2,820 feet / 3.3 Miles = 854.5 feet (Equal to 855 feet of gain per mile)
Calculating Rise: Step 1: [ Convert miles into feet ] ; Step 2 [Divide trail length (ft) by elevation gain (ft) ]
Step 1: [ 3.3 Miles x 5,280 feet (mile) = 17,424 feet ] Step 2: 17,424 feet / 2,820 feet = 6.178 feet (Trail rises approximately one foot every 6 feet)
Calculating Slope: [ Elevation gain (ft) divided by trail length (ft) ]
2,820 Feet / 17,424 Feet = 0.1618 (Equal to a 16.18% slope aka grade, incline, pitch or rise)
You can use the example below to calculate the slope for any segment of a trail. If you are looking to calculate the steepest sections of the hike just use the trail segment length and elevation gain for the area in question; dividing the elevation gain by the trail distance in feet. Try the following applications ( elevation profile or 3D trail ) to explore Mount Whiteface or some of the other 4,000 footers.
You can also download and print the following 81/2 x 11 map that focuses on a smaller area with a greater amount of detail of Mount Whiteface. The maps are meant to compliment others you may have of the entire White Mountain region.
** There is no reliable method for predicting how much time a hiker or group of hikers will take to complete a particular hike on a particular day. There are plenty of hiking calculators available on line that try and take into account many different variables (distance, elevation gain, average grade, hikers weight, backpack weight, hiker skill level, trail and weather conditions to name a few).
If it is your first time outdoors hiking, we suggest you start small and build the experience and knowledge to understand your own abilities as well as first hand knowledge of those factors that can change quickly (trail and weather conditions) and how those factors may affect your travel time. Please “Hike Safe – It’s Your Responsibility“