The Whiteface Landing route will likely have the least activity. From the top of Marble Mountain you will come to an intersection, left is the secondary trail outlined below. Read more on the primary trail above. through the trees from Lookout Mountain Summit of Mount Esther (Our 12th of the 46 High Peaks) Whiteface Mtn. We found an unmarked trail that headed to Esther, so we ditched the skis and hiked up over Lookout Mountain (which did not seem to have any spectacular lookout), and onwards along the ridge to the summit of Esther where we had lunch in the warm sunshine. Easily accessible, convenient and surprisingly affordable. Whiteface Mountain: 4867′ Esther Mountain: 4240′ Marble Mountain:2753′ Total Duration: ~8.5 Hours. Only Mt. Follow here, go 2.4 miles to the Atmospheric Science Research Center Road on the left. Back in my car, I could tell my knees definitely felt the steepness of this hike and its rocky conditions. Most make the hike via the Wilmington Trail from NY 431, which first steeply climbs to the 2753 foot Marble Mountain. downhill at the whiteface mountain bike park. Rock tower on which the Whiteface Memorial Highway is built … We took a longer snack break there and enjoyed the fairly level path until the ski lift. This time it was a much smaller group (not everyone could be convinced to do this one again) - just me, Hiking Buddy, her youngest son (doing a hike of this length for the first time) and my youngest, who is also working on his 46. Awesome day. There are no views the entire length of the Esther Mountain Trail. This trip report documents a September first traverse of the peaks of Esther and Whiteface (in the Northern Adirondacks), from North to South, starting at the Marble Mountain trailhead and ending at the Connery Pond trailhead. From the trailhead you will hike through an attractive open forest along a well-trodden foot trail for 1.2 miles. We reached a lookout near the top of Marble Mountain for a quick break and then joined the Wilmington Trail to head towards Whiteface Mountain. Whiteface, Lookout and Esther Mountains is a 9.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Wilmington, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. Whiteface Mountain Regional Visitors Bureau, P.O. Once I got to the Esther-Whiteface intersection and I made a right to Esther things got muddy as hell. Challenging. Posted on Posted on: September 21, 2020 by aoconnor. in the distance from the summit of Mount Esther. Then a short walk through a manmade passage, within the mountain, will bring you to an elevator which will deliver you to the visitor’s area near the summit. Ski lift at the top of one of the Whiteface Mtn. ski trails. It is a popular mountain to visit in the winter, by foot, by ski, and by board. Little bit of wind on top but the sun was out and we had amazing views on Whiteface. Both mountains are located in the Wilmington Wild Forest of the Adirondacks near Lake Placid. We got to the trail head around 7 am. Few places on earth can claim to be THIS CLOSE to this much. Whiteface and Esther are the northern-most of the Adirondack high peaks, set well apart from the rest. I expected Whiteface Mountain to be the lamest of the high peaks. Due to that separation, Whiteface is easy to identify from a distance, especially given the distinctive slides, ski slopes, and castle-like structure perched up top. Temps in the 30's to 50's, wind 20 to 30 mph. Fun but definitely challenging! Bring layers and enjoy the beauty of the ADKs! Esther is often climbed with Whiteface Mountain. The summit was very windy and the views were great all around. We woke up at 5:45 and were out the door by 6:45 and heading to the Atmospheric Science Research Center (ASRC) to meet BillB and Eagleye for a trip to Esther and Whiteface. Traction devices, such as snowshoes and spikes, are necessary to traverse the icy sections and deep snows. We’ve got the best ideas for things to do on your next Adirondack adventure, and we will deliver them right to your inbox! Posted on July 30, 2011. You can take the easy way up by driving up the Whiteface Memorial Highway from Whilminton and then the elevator to the top. Mountains #11 (Esther) and #12 (Whiteface). Please see the park page for up to date information: https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/88875.html Esther Mountain Esther was named after Esther McComb who, at the age of 15, made the first recorded ascent of the peak. If you do Esther, Whiteface, Street and Nye you’d end up doing NSEW … corny, I know. It was overcast but milder. Mountains #11 (Esther) and #12 (Whiteface). Whiteface was great. Esther is a High Peak located off the shoulder of Whiteface Mountain, a much bigger sister peak, and makes for an excellent and rewarding side trip on the way to climbing Whiteface. Of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks, Esther ranks number 28 and is the northern most High Peak. I got to the trailhead around 8:30 on a Friday morning, the day after DEC lifted the mud advisory for the High Peaks. Matt Lancashire/Flickr. Loved this! Whiteface and Esther are the northern-most of the Adirondack high peaks, set well apart from the rest. If going toward Whiteface one will eventually pass the reamins of an old shed (at one time used to store tobogans) the trail to Esther is a few hundred meters past this. Directions to Wilmington Trail: We needed microspikes today but no snowshoes. New York’s Whiteface Mountain: Breathtaking Views, One Exciting Challenge. The Marble Mountain section used to be an old ski slope and you will be able to see that in the old cement footers that still line the trail. Start planning your Adirondack vacation today! Total rise: 3829′ Facebook. I hadn't yet climbed Esther, so this was a good chance to do them both. Short day in terms of daylight! After a quick 15 minute lunch and water break, Mike and Nick hung their packs on a tree split off to hike Esther Mountain while Teena and Lizzy continued their trek toward the summit of Whiteface. In response to Kevin... we didn’t see your number on the box lol. This is at almost exactly 4,000 feet in elevation and the trail becomes steep again after this point. We were making good time from Whiteface to the junction of Esther, for us that is. At that point the trail becomes steeper and exposed as it reaches the summit ridge. Rock tower on which the Whiteface Memorial Highway is built … We woke up at 5:45 and were out the door by 6:45 and heading to the Atmospheric Science Research Center (ASRC) to meet BillB and Eagleye for a trip to Esther and Whiteface. A dusting of snow had fallen above 4,000 feet above sea level. Esther has one single view of whiteface but that’s about it. Notice the great brick wall that holds the ground beneath the road. Wilmington Wild Forest - Whiteface and Esther Mountains ***Please respect private property.Stay on designated trails*** ***Practice Leave No Trace Principles*** ***Emergency contact 518-891-0235*** The Whiteface Mtn trail which ascends nearly 3,700 feet and traverses 5.2 mile from the trailhead to the summit of the mountain. Good time of year to check Esther off as the usually muddy trail is all frozen over. From the junction, the grade is gentle until the trail meets the Whiteface Memorial Highway. Follow this road around the one-way roundabout to the trail and parking on the right, just past a dirt road that descends into the woods. Wilmington Reservoir Trail Head. June 2, 2018ADK Trip. Whiteface Mountain Summit Trail is a 10.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Wilmington, New York that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. It is almost all by itself, a lonely peak separated by the rest of the 46 peaks, with a world-famous ski resort on its’ eastern side. No need for microspikes since it was 70 degrees yesterday which was awesome. First mile was brutal but once past that it leveled out a bit. Headed on the Wilmington Trail Going right at the junction towards Lookout Mtn. The first two miles are pretty tough and the last scramble up whiteface....other than that it's not too difficult. Esther was named after Esther McComb who, at the age of 15, made the first recorded ascent of the peak. Hiking stats at a glance: Trailhead: Atmospheric Science Research Center Miles Round trip: ~10 Total Elevation Gain: ~3,975 2 High Peaks: Whiteface (4,867 ft), Esther (4,239 ft) 1 Non-High Peak: Marble Mountain (2,753 ft) Weather: 40-50 Degrees, ~5 mph winds, Bluebird Day I climbed Whiteface and Esther for the first time in January 2015… It remains steady until the trail then swings right and up steeply to just below the summit of Marble Mountain at the intersection with the primary trail above. Bring lots of layers this time of year and I don't know what I would have done without crampons and a hiking stick for the last mile up Whiteface! Which meant climbing Whiteface again. Esther was our #46!!! Many ADK 46ers make the trip to nearby Esther Mountainin order to hit two of the high peaks in one combined trip. Description You can only access the Esther Mountain Trail by first taking the Whiteface Mountain Trail. The planning and organization of this trip was done by hiking acquaintaince Julie Moran. Once on the summit, there may be heavy winds and frigid temperatures. Once past the junction for Marble Mountain the trail becomes wet and muddy, the usual for Adirondack trails. ... Bear Den Mountain Hike. There are a lot of loose rocks and gravel. Wilmington Wild Forest - Whiteface and Esther Mountains ***Please respect private property.Stay on designated trails*** ***Practice Leave No Trace Principles*** ***Emergency contact 518-891-0235*** The Whiteface Mtn trail which ascends nearly 3,700 feet and traverses 5.2 mile from the trailhead to the summit of the mountain. The round trip hike is 3.2 miles, vertical 1,432 feet. This was my first hike since hurting my foot, so I rested more regularly than usual. Whiteface and Esther Mountains in Wilmington, NY are both on the Adirondack High Peaks list, and are both often hiked together since close together. Yes, the ice wasn't enough to make you wear microspikes but there were parts where it was all ice and I had to grab from pine limbs to make sure I didn't slip. Esther- no views, in terrible condition due to the mud- but if you have good balance it’s fun to jump from rock to roots to keep from getting covered. Finished at 1:48. Hiked Whiteface and Esther. Totally worth it all for the views, was beaming on the way down :) I started at 6 and got to the top by 1030 (went to the lookout on esther), finished at 2. The descent back down was uneventful, and the last stretch on the old Marble Mountain is tough, stepping over loose rolling rocks is a grind. The start of Esther trail was well erroded, but the rest of it, another 1.25 miles to the summit was quite pleasant, even in the foggy mist. in the distance from the summit of Mount Esther. Was on trail at about 6 … forget how much light we lose in late August, so first 20 minutes or so I was trying out my new headlamp. Esther is a High Peak located off the shoulder of Whiteface Mountain, a much bigger sister peak, and makes for an excellent and rewarding side trip on the way to climbing Whiteface. From the summit of Lookout, you will descend for a while to a col between Lookout and Esther. This approach is the shortest, but that does not mean easiest. What makes Whiteface unique is the fact that there is a … 7:45 hours later we were back at the car with a half hour stop at Whiteface and twenty minutes on Esther — this is truly a day hike… Temps in the 30's to 50's, wind 20 to 30 mph. trail as many hikers forgo the trail altogether and come up the closed road. There are two different routes to hike up, or you can simply drive your car up the Whiteface Memorial Highway, which snakes its’ way up the Northeastern slope. We got to the trail head around 7 am. Round Trip Distance: I have no idea…fitbit says 17.5 miles, but that can’t be right….maybe 10-11 miles? Whiteface is home to the greatest vertical drop east of the Rockies, with 90 trails stretching over 25 miles and encompassing three peaks. In February 2019 I did my first winter hike and to say that I was "hooked" would be an understatement. Whiteface Mountain is a unique mountain in that it has a perfectly good access road to just below the summit. Beautiful gift of a nice weather day in November, gotta take off work to bag 9 and 10! *NOTE*Be aware of heavy winds and frigid temperatures on the summit and along the upper ridgeline. WHITEFACE AND ESTHER WINTER HIKE! Marked on the Whiteface Mountain Trail by a very large cairn with an orange rod sticking out. Esther was a 15-year-old girl who made the first recorded summit of the mountain back in the 1850s “for the sheer joy of climbing.” Esther – 12/46 – 4,239 ft. Whiteface – 13/46 – 4,865 ft. 6 days ago. Trail up Marble and Lookout was very icy but spikes handled it ok. Great day to hike! A friend and I hiked two of the Adirondack high peaks today: Whiteface and Esther mountains. Directions to Wilmington Trail: The first two miles were steep and constant, but no biggie. The summit is an open rock with nice views. In fact, that trail was one of the nicest trails we ever … This is a 9.4 mile out-and-back hike with 3900 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 4-6 hours to complete. No worries about mud today. It was 16 degrees starting at the trailhead and 40 degrees when I returned, a perfect day! Esther is a High Peak located off the shoulder of Whiteface Mountain, a much bigger sister peak, and makes for an excellent and rewarding side trip on the way to climbing Whiteface. Wilmington Wild Forest is open for recreation: Year-round Yes muddy and a bit icy but easily dodged by going slightly off trail or holding onto trees on the side. Wilmington Reservoir Trail Head. I chose the Marble Mountain approach for a few important reasons. Took us 5 and a half hours including stops but we kept the summit a short stop since it was so cold!! Headed on the Wilmington Trail Going right at the junction towards Lookout Mtn. This had some rough moments for me. Description You can only access the Esther Mountain Trail by first taking the Whiteface Mountain Trail. While there are not many steep sections over this one mile trail, it is often filled with water and mud. From Esther Mountain, backtrack to the junction. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. Esther – 12/46 – 4,239 ft. Whiteface – 13/46 – 4,865 ft. Whiteface is separated from 44 of the other high peaks, standing seemingly alone to the northeast of Lake Placid. All three approaches can be accessed in winter. Once I got back from Esther, the hike towards Whiteface was simpler, until I hit the ice. This route is used as often as the primary trail and offers a slightly easier grade but more elevation gain. From Esther Mountain, backtrack to the junction. Whiteface and Esther Mountain Hike Parking GPS Coordinates: 44.39408, -73.85774 SUNY Atmospheric Sciences Research Center. Whiteface Mountain is the fifth highest peak among the 46 high peaks of the Adirondack region, standing 4,867 feet above sea level. Go 0.6 miles to Reservoir Road on the left, drive to the end and park. Both mountains are located in the Wilmington Wild Forest of the Adirondacks near Lake Placid. People without microspikes were slipping and falling the entire way up. Unless you're hiking all the way up Whiteface Mountain, you only have two other options to make your way to the summit — walk through a long tunnel and take an elevator ride 27-stories up or climb the staircase that makes up the Stairway Ridge Trail. Total Mileage: 9.8 miles Trail head directions 44.394650,-73.857951. Soon after, you'll pass a trail junction (marked by a massive cairn and orange post) with the trail to the summit of Esther Mountain (Esther Mountain Trail). Most that do the hike to Esther are ADK 46ers and hike to Whiteface Mountain as well, hitting both of these ADK high peaks with one trip. This is a High Peak, meaning there will be significant elevation gain and rugged terrain that brings you to one of the tallest mountains in New York. No green leaves, no reds, all gone, not much beauty, but the lookouts at Whiteface are spectacular. From the junction, the grade is gentle until the trail meets the Whiteface Memorial Highway. Below are brief descriptions of the two major routes. There are clearly many great benefits to hiking in the winter and I have experienced them all. Esther Whiteface Mtn. - On trail at 7:45am, Esther 9:55am, Whiteface 11:20am, finished 1:30pm. and Mt. and Mt. There is no parking lot for the trailhead, but plenty of parking is available along the ASRC access road. Recorded 13.1 miles, SO MUCH MUD. Hiking trip report for Whiteface Mountain and Esther Mountain, located in Adirondack Park, New York. The whole trail was fairly gradual and easy compared to the rest of the day’s hike. Esther was named after Esther McComb who, at the age of 15, made the first recorded ascent of the peak. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Most that do the hike to Esther are ADK 46ers and hike to Whiteface Mountain as well, hitting both of these ADK high peaks with one trip. I do not suggest hiking up the route in summer as the traffic can be heavy many people do go this way in winter as it is a fun ski down. Many ADK 46ers make the trip to nearby Esther Mountainin order to hit two of the high peaks in one combined trip. Only Mt. There are no views the entire length of the Esther Mountain Trail. About a quarter mile past this, you'll pass the remnants of an old section of a ski resort lift. March 22, 2018, I started at the Atmospheric sciences research center in Willmington, NY. Your next adventure awaits you in your inbox! - From the summit I descended the Wilmington Trail down to the herd path junction for Esther Mountain. After a short break on a flatter section you will start a demanding climb through an evergreen forest that opens up a few views along the way. Round Trip Distance: I have no idea…fitbit says 17.5 miles, but that can’t be right….maybe 10-11 miles? The plan was for us to hike Esther from ASRC while my grandma, grandpa, mom, and sister would get lunch in Placid and drive up Whiteface to… The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. After about 2.5 miles you will come to a rather large cairn at a trail intersection. Whiteface is often climbed with Esther Mountain, another High Peak. 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