Not to be confused with Whiteface Mountain in the Belknap Range or Mt. Whiteface in the Sandwich Range, this small peak in Wolfeboro offers a 180 degree vista toward the White Mountains and western Maine from open ledges atop a sheer 250 ft. cliff (from which the mountain gets its name) on its east side. In 2016, a new white-blazed trail was constructed by the Student Conservation Association from Browns Ridge Rd. to the summit and ledges and in 2018, the Land Bank of Wolfeboro-Tuftonboro and the Wolfeboro Conservation Commission purchased a 120-acre parcel on the eastern side of the mountain, including the summit, which was placed into protection under an easement held by Lakes Region Conservation Trust. As of this writing, there was no formal trail map available; refer to the USGS Wolfeboro quad.
To teach the trailhead from NH 28 in Ossipee, take NH 171 south for 0.2 mi., then bear right onto Browns Ridge Rd. and continue 2.1 mi. to small unmarked parking area (easy to miss) on right, through break in stone wall and under power lines.
The trail ascends the steeper eastern side of the mountain, angling up below the cliff (not visible from the trail with leaves out) then swinging around to the summit and view ledges. The footbed is not evident in some spots, but the route is clearly blazed with white plastic diamonds. Footing is generally good. Despite the short distance, this is a fairly stiff climb, but short switchbacks help to ease the grades. Total distance is 1.1 mi. with 600 ft. elevation gain.
The trail leaves the left side of the parking area and quickly turns right, where blazing begins. It ascends easily past huge glacial boulder and along stone wall, dipping slightly to cross small brook on stepstones. At 0.2 mi., it bears right onto a woods road and then immediately bears right again onto a footpath (watch blazes carefully in both directions at this turn), and ascends easily through young birch and beech woods. More moderate to steep climbing begins as the trail bears right onto an old logging road at 0.4 mi. (in reverse, bear left here) which it follows along an angling route across the steep slope. At 0.6 mi., the old road diverges left and descends, while the trail continues straight into a footpath. It turns right at 0.8 mi. and ascends by short switchbacks to the ridge.At 1.0 mi. the trail turns right at junction where an unofficial route comes in on the left. This route is also blazed in white, and in the reverse direction, turn left at this junction to stay on the correct trail (sign: Browns Rdg Rd). Grades become much easier as the trail meanders up the ridgecrest with one minor descent, passes the high point of the mountain just off trail on right, then descends slightly 30 yds. to the open ledges and hiker register.