A generous early season snowfall has created some good snowshoeing opportunities in the Whites. I took advantage of this with a snowshoe trek partway up the unofficial Firewarden's Trail on the west side of Mount Hale, followed by a bushwhack to a view ledge on the mountain's west ridge. Though the view of the peaks surrounding the Little River valley was obscured by an undercast, the powder 'shoeing and snow-caked forest made the journey well worthwhile.
I parked at the Seven Dwarves Motel on Little River Rd., put $10 in an envelope on my windshield, and followed the road and an old snowmobile trail to Haystack Road (FR 304). I had first tracks all the way this day, and the 'shoeing was good on Haystack Road with ~5" of powder. Actually, mine were the first human tracks; a deer had beelined up the road ahead of me.
It's about 1.5 miles from Seven Dwarves parking to the start of the North Twin Trail.