Mount Esther Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Wilmington, NY that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
cross country skiing
This is a fun alternative bushwack climb to the top of Esther from the Whiteface Memorial Highway. This is a short but challenging winter climb up Mt. Esther from the Mt. Whiteface Memorial Highway. You'll climb up the road with either snowshoes or AT ski gear then drop it where you start to head into the thick brush up Mt. Esther. You'll have great views of Mt. Whiteface to the south the entire climb.
I combined this hike along with Whiteface Mountain. For this to be an unmaintained trail, the trail was pretty well defined and easy to follow from the junction. The trail was very muddy and there's no view from the wooded summit, just the plaque marking the high point. The trail was narrow in places so passing someone was hard as you/they had to move off to the side to someone go by. The trail was very busy with people today. The trail is about 1.2 miles long from the Whiteface junction to the summit.
My wife and I tried to climb starting at the start point however due to construction on the road we had to drive down 3-4 miles to reservoir rd. it added about another mile to the hike. pretty well marked, decent hike up. got a little nervous when we say the sign that said not marked or maintained. But the trail was still defined enough. Took about 30-40 minutes. After we hit the peak we back tracked to the trail and continued to Whiteface. Knocked that out in about another 1hr 45-2hrs.