Location: Wilmington, NY, USA
Starting Point: Atmospheric Sciences Research Center
Elevation: Whiteface 4,865ft (#5 on High Peaks List)
Esther 4,239ft (#28)
Route We Took: Starting at Atmospheric Sciences Research Center
Total Distance: 16km (10 miles)
Time: 7.5 hours (with breaks)
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Whiteface and Esther are #6 and #7 on my list of Adirondack 46ers. They made for a great day of hiking despite the crappy weather!
My friend Kat (also in pursuit of the 46) and I headed to the Adirondacks the night before and stayed in Wilmington at a cute little Airbnb. It had a fantastic view plus our host Merri got up early to make us fresh blueberry muffins for breakfast! SCORE.
We were on the trail by 7:30am with only two other cars in the parking lot. The first 35 minutes of the trail were straight up but manageable. We were shocked how fast we made it up the first steep section to the summit of Marble Mountain. This is the only place we got views all day.
By 9:10am we already hit the cairn that split the trail to Esther (to the right) and Whiteface (to the left). We decided to get Esther out of the way.
Esther’s trail was pretty muddy with a gradual up and downhill for 40 minutes to the summit. The summit was surrounded by trees with a plaque in the rock at our feet.
We were back at the cairn by 3:00pm and ready to take on Whiteface. From here the rest of the hike is pretty cruisey until the last 15-20 minutes. We passed ski runs and a gondola on the way up. When you hit the giant rock wall (that is attached to the road up Whiteface) you know you are close!