Once past the junction for Marble Mountain the trail becomes wet and muddy, the usual for Adirondack trails. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. Read more on the primary trail above. Could someone who is doing this hike please smudge it out? Beautiful gift of a nice weather day in November, gotta take off work to bag 9 and 10! After about 2.5 miles you will come to a rather large cairn at a trail intersection. 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! If you do Esther, Whiteface, Street and Nye you’d end up doing NSEW … corny, I know. Right is the route you will want. This had some rough moments for me. Posted on July 30, 2011. Yes muddy and a bit icy but easily dodged by going slightly off trail or holding onto trees on the side. Esther is often climbed with Whiteface Mountain. A friend and I hiked two of the Adirondack high peaks today: Whiteface and Esther mountains. Esther Mountain Esther was named after Esther McComb who, at the age of 15, made the first recorded ascent of the peak. Was at the junction with the other trail up Marble (the Atmospheric Science Research Center) by 640. Only about 3-4 inches at the tops. 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. 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. They were already there when we arrived at 7:20. Easily accessible, convenient and surprisingly affordable. Trail up Marble and Lookout was very icy but spikes handled it ok. Great day to hike! There are a lot of loose rocks and gravel. 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. Find More Hikes in Adirondack Mountains Most make the hike via the Wilmington Trail from NY 431, which first steeply climbs to the 2753 foot Marble Mountain. Hiked Whiteface and Esther. Round Trip Distance: I have no idea…fitbit says 17.5 miles, but that can’t be right….maybe 10-11 miles? Beautiful views. From the trailhead you will hike through an attractive open forest along a well-trodden foot trail for 1.2 miles. At that point the trail becomes steeper and exposed as it reaches the summit ridge. This area is home to marked backcountry mountain biking trails, a rare sight in the high peaks region (right). Started a 5:48, got to Esther by 8:30 and Whiteface but 10:45. Follow here, go 2.4 miles to the Atmospheric Science Research Center Road on the left. No need for microspikes since it was 70 degrees yesterday which was awesome. Only Mt. Once I got to the Esther-Whiteface intersection and I made a right to Esther things got muddy as hell. I hadn't yet climbed Esther, so this was a good chance to do them both. Secondary Trailhead: From the four-way stop sign in Wilmington, take the turn onto Route 431 (Whiteface Mountain Road) toward the Toll Road. - Eventually, the Connary Trail pops out above the trees on the exposed southern ridge of Whiteface Mountain. What makes Whiteface unique is the fact that there is a … red shows where we walked...blue shows what we also considered as a route . The summit was very windy and the views were great all around. We got to the trail head around 7 am. Once I got back from Esther, the hike towards Whiteface was simpler, until I hit the ice. Traction devices, such as snowshoes and spikes, are necessary to traverse the icy sections and deep snows. Esther was our #46!!! The Whiteface Landing route will likely have the least activity. Once you hit the road, microspikes are needed - very slippery. The most popular winter trailhead hikers can access is via the Wilmington Trail from the Atmosphere Science Research Center. Perhaps the muddy conditions for the most part of the trail after the first mile and a half and the ice starting after the path next to the road made me a little distressed. We went over Lookout Mountain at 4085′, down into a col, and then back up to the summit of Esther Mountain at 4240′. Wilmington Reservoir Trail Head. I chose the Marble Mountain approach for a few important reasons. Whiteface Mountain Regional Visitors Bureau, P.O. The Flume Trails from the Overflow Parking Lot, Corridor, Ridge, Marble Mountain, Whiteface Mountain Trail, Little Whiteface Mountain Gondola via Base Lodge, Bear Den Mountain from Lake Placid and Whiteface Mountain KOA. 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… Enjoy! From Esther Mountain, backtrack to the junction. Which meant climbing Whiteface again. Definitely slowed us down but the weather was great. I really enjoyed this hike....the views are awesome and you feel like you are on top of the world. Both mountains are located in the Wilmington Wild Forest of the Adirondacks near Lake Placid. 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). It took about 30 minutes to reach the summit of Esther, arriving at 1:15pm, hiking at the brisk pace of an 11-year old travel-hockey-playing boy. Whiteface is home to the greatest vertical drop east of the Rockies, with 90 trails stretching over 25 miles and encompassing three peaks. 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