Followed a long and interesting route to Mt. Whiteface: went most of the way up the Downes Brook valley on the Downes Brook Trail, then climbed the big slide on the north ridge of Whiteface. From the top of the slide bushwhacked to the Rollins Trail, and followed that fine trail to the summit. After dropping a short way down Blueberry Ledge Trail to the great viewpoint, descended via Kate Sleeper Trail and the full length of Downes Brook Trail.
The Downes Brook Trail leads up a long valley deep into the Sandwich Range Wilderness and offers a real sense of remoteness. Because of its length (5.2 miles) and ten brook crossings, it receives light usage. (This route is not recommended in high water as the large crossings may be impassable.) In the first several miles there are long sections with good footing.
This valley was heavily logged by the crews of the Conway Lumber Company's Swift River Railroad (1906-1916). Evidence of the logging era can be seen in several locations.