6 days ago. We were making good time from Whiteface to the junction of Esther, for us that is. Whiteface was great. 0450 started hike 0535 Marble Mountain summit 0645 Esther/Whiteface junction 0800 Whiteface summit 0815 left summit 1005 Esther summit 1015 left summit 1220 reached … trail as many hikers forgo the trail altogether and come up the closed road. This is the herd path to Esther Mountain, which has no official trail. 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. Round Trip Distance: I have no idea…fitbit says 17.5 miles, but that can’t be right….maybe 10-11 miles? Esther was named after Esther McComb who, at the age of 15, made the first recorded ascent of the peak. I expected Whiteface Mountain to be the lamest of the high peaks. 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… 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. Started a 5:48, got to Esther by 8:30 and Whiteface but 10:45. Strange request - I haven't done this hike but I believe someone has posted my phone number on a green electrical type box which I believe to be somewhere on this hike. 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. If only the clouds cleared up just a bit more. Read more on the primary trail above. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. https://dailey7779.blogspot.com/2014/08/whiteface-and-esther.html 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. trail as many hikers forgo the trail altogether and come up the closed road. Whiteface and Esther Mountain Hike Parking GPS Coordinates: 44.39408, -73.85774 SUNY Atmospheric Sciences Research Center. New York’s Whiteface Mountain: Breathtaking Views, One Exciting Challenge. Was at the junction with the other trail up Marble (the Atmospheric Science Research Center) by 640. The climb out of the col isn’t too dramatic, but tends to seem to drag on a bit before it reaches the summit. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Go 0.6 miles to Reservoir Road on the left, drive to the end and park. Another popular alternative is to hike the mountain via Whiteface Landing and Connery Pond, which is a mile longer and doesn’t have easy access to Esther, but is beautiful and enjoyable in its own right. Awesome day. The most popular winter trailhead hikers can access is via the Wilmington Trail from the Atmosphere Science Research Center. 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. The Whiteface Landing route will likely have the least activity. Whiteface Mountain is the fifth highest peak among the 46 high peaks of the Adirondack region, standing 4,867 feet above sea level. The approach intersects the trail the ASRC; the only difference is it is a bit longer. Actually made the walk more engaging and very hard to get bored. Esther, the 28th highest peak standing at 4,239 feet, sits in the shadow of Whiteface. A dusting of snow had fallen above 4,000 feet above sea level. From the summit of Lookout, you will descend for a while to a col between Lookout and Esther. Recorded 13.1 miles, SO MUCH MUD. Esther has one single view of whiteface but that’s about it. We needed microspikes today but no snowshoes. Primary Trailhead: From the four-way stop sign in Wilmington, take the turn onto Route 431 (Whiteface Mountain Road) toward the Toll Road. 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. Matt Lancashire/Flickr. From the top of Marble Mountain you will come to an intersection, left is the secondary trail outlined below. The first two miles were steep and constant, but no biggie. Your next adventure awaits you in your inbox! red shows where we walked...blue shows what we also considered as a route . Whiteface Mountain Regional Visitors Bureau, P.O. 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. Bring layers and enjoy the beauty of the ADKs! 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. ... Bear Den Mountain Hike. Of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks, Esther ranks number 28 and is the northern most High Peak. While there are not many steep sections over this one mile trail, it is often filled with water and mud. Many ADK 46ers make the trip to nearby Esther Mountainin order to hit two of the high peaks in one combined trip. 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. Once on the summit, there may be heavy winds and frigid temperatures. Esther is often climbed with Whiteface Mountain. Ski lift at the top of one of the Whiteface Mtn. 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… 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. Very frozen, undoable without microspikes but a very beautiful hike. Tell us more about what interests you, and we can help you plan your next trip. The hike was just under 10 miles. posted by | Staff Writer. Once you hit the road, microspikes are needed - very slippery. Once I got back from Esther, the hike towards Whiteface was simpler, until I hit the ice. Wilmington Wild Forest is open for recreation: Year-round 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… 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. Once past the junction for Marble Mountain the trail becomes wet and muddy, the usual for Adirondack trails. The summit is an open rock with nice views. 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. Wilmington Reservoir Trail Head. 34° F Whiteface Mountain Search for: Search. June 2, 2018ADK Trip. Esther Mountain Esther was named after Esther McComb who, at the age of 15, made the first recorded ascent of the peak. Esther Whiteface Mtn. 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. This trip was very unique because there were opportunities to combine several forms of hiking and even skiing. 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. 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. It is advised that hikers are … In February 2019 I did my first winter hike and to say that I was "hooked" would be an understatement. Total Mileage: 9.8 miles Trail head directions 44.394650,-73.857951. Follow here, go 2.4 miles to the Atmospheric Science Research Center Road on the left. The whole trail was fairly gradual and easy compared to the rest of the day’s hike. Many ADK 46ers make the trip to nearby Esther Mountainin order to hit two of the high peaks in one combined trip. Whiteface is separated from 44 of the other high peaks, standing seemingly alone to the northeast of Lake Placid. - The first 2.5 miles is a great hike with soft footing through birch and maple trees with vivid red, orange, and bright yellow colors everywhere you look. Whiteface and Esther Mountain Hike; Adirondack High Peaks; Wolf Rocks Hike; Forbes State Forest PA; Woodstock Fire Tower; Virginia Hike; Nepa Trails. Description You can only access the Esther Mountain Trail by first taking the Whiteface Mountain Trail. About a quarter mile past this, you'll pass the remnants of an old section of a ski resort lift. Could someone who is doing this hike please smudge it out? - The first 2.5 miles is a great hike with soft footing through birch and maple trees with vivid red, orange, and bright yellow colors everywhere you look. in the distance from the summit of Mount Esther. From the junction, the grade is gentle until the trail meets the Whiteface Memorial Highway. Whiteface is home to the greatest vertical drop east of the Rockies, with 90 trails stretching over 25 miles and encompassing three peaks. Esther, the 28th highest peak standing at 4,239 feet, sits in the shadow of Whiteface. Few places on earth can claim to be THIS CLOSE to this much. through the trees from Lookout Mountain Summit of Mount Esther (Our 12th of the 46 High Peaks) Whiteface Mtn. The journey to Esther and Whiteface begins at the base of a defunct ski resort, with a 1000 vertical foot march up an old t-bar line (left). Whiteface and Esther are the northern-most of the Adirondack high peaks, set well apart from the rest. Directions to Wilmington Trail: Find More Hikes in Adirondack Mountains Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. From the trailhead you will hike through an attractive open forest along a well-trodden foot trail for 1.2 miles. Which meant climbing Whiteface again. Headed on the Wilmington Trail Going right at the junction towards Lookout Mtn. ski trails. Loved this! Lookout (I think that’s the name, regardless, where the trail splits for Esther or Whiteface), that first 2+ is a total slog/grind. Posted on July 30, 2011. Whiteface is separated from 44 of the other high peaks, standing seemingly alone to the northeast of Lake Placid. This is a 7.2 mile hike round trip that takes roughly 7 to 8 hours to complete in winter conditions. This was my first hike since hurting my foot, so I rested more regularly than usual. Rock tower on which the Whiteface Memorial Highway is built … Secondary Trailhead: From the four-way stop sign in Wilmington, take the turn onto Route 431 (Whiteface Mountain Road) toward the Toll Road. 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. At that point the trail becomes steeper and exposed as it reaches the summit ridge. 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). 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. 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