Whiteface Mountain Summit Trail is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Wilmington, NY that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is accessible from May until October.
A moderate loop that will take you from the Wilmington Trailhead over Marble Mtn to Esther (ADK High Peak @ 4239') and then to the summit of Whiteface (ADK High Peak @ 4867). The summit of Esther is 1.3 miles RT that is included in the mileage given here. Excellent views of the surrounding valley. A very fun trail with varied terrain that can actually be accessed several other ways as well. The trail is Esther is not officially maintained and can get muddy at times, but we really enjoyed it. The trail up Whiteface varies and includes some excellent outcrops. The only drawback to the hike is that you may end up sharing the summit with a very large crowd as the peak is also reachable by road. Regardless of how you get there the views are worth the trip.
This was an awesome hike. took 4.5 hours as we took our time and enjoyed the scenery. This was definitely a hard climb but so worth it.
Marble Mountain is definitely the toughest part if you start from the ASRC, as it gets very steep very fast. The top of Whiteface also involves a bit of scrambling, but nothing too technical. The views from Whiteface were great, but the top was covered with people who had driven up. I recommend taking the elevator down to the parking lot and cafe, as walking through the tunnel is a pretty cool experience (and the hot chocolate you can buy at the cafe is well deserved). We hit Esther on the way back. It took about 40 minutes to get over there and there's no view, so be prepared to hate that mountain. Worth grabbing the extra 46er though. We did a total of 13.5 miles over 8 hours (including a couple breaks and exploring the top), so be prepared for a long day.
The last half mile with low bushes offers a great view of high peaks in Keene.
The tunnel is an interesting place to visit and learn the history of Whiteface. Try the cafe on the summit.
Hiked this trail Mid October of 2015. Great hike! Super windy and snowy at the top and almost too icey, so took the road down instead of the trail to be safe. The trip up was beautiful :)
This was a very nice hike that I combined Esther Mountain along with Whiteface Mountain. I started from ASRC and the strenuous part of the hike I would say is the hike up Marble Mountain which was steep and rocky. The trail was muddy in the morning and by the afternoon time it was very muddy from all the traffic. The trail is narrow in places which slowed down my descent. The views on top were obstructed by the clouds that rolled in. The summit became very busy with people that drove up. I would definitely do this hike again.
Nice hike, absolutely amazing views
Amazing views all around, absolutely GORGEOUS view of the other high peaks over in Keene and north Elba. Today I watched the full moon, bright pink and beautiful rise up over the misty blue mountains, it was quite enchanting. Getting up marble was a bit rough at first, rather steep in some places! the part of the trail that is "flatter" contains part of a stream and it get rather rocky afterwards. overall incredible hike, would recommend to anyone who is looking for a stunning view of all the various ranges in the Adirondacks
Most beautiful place I been to. It's so relaxing once your up there. I definitely recommend to go here!
I wasn't super impressed with the views on the way to the top of the mountain. But the views at the top were amazing.
Challenging but totally worth the effort. The view is breathtaking. It took us about 3 hours to get up and 2.5 hours to get down- from the Wilmington Reservoir. Be ready for a challenge. It is not easy, and the trails at time can get really steep.
Started at Wilmington reservoir. Nice hike, trail is pretty dug out so it was easy to follow considering the lack of trail markers. Not the easiest on the knees on the way down. Trail to Esther unmarked but very visible. Summit of whiteface was very crowded because of the road to the top.
Great challenging hike. Started from the A.S.R.C. Trailhead on Marble mountain road where the trail goes steeply up Marble mountain then levels off and intersects with the Wilmington trail. Great views when you get to the last section before the summit. Bring plenty of water during the warmer months and your camera.
It was good! Very busy on the top with non hikers