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Love this hike. I’ve hiked it from the bottom, drove up it, snowboarded down it. Just an overall great mountain. The part where the trail turns into the road is great. And the part of the trail from the road to the top of the mountain is great, so many views.

Ideal day for hiking, overcast & 60s. Started from the ASRC, had a little trouble finding the trailhead (it winds down to the left of the loop in the road and behind the building). Very steep for the first mile to Marble Mtn, but Marble gave us the best view of the day. Headed up and over to Esther first, no view but beautiful fog. Lots and lots of mud. Finished on Whiteface, foggy and no view. Saw a hiker who had a Corgi in her backpack, our day-maker for the lack of views at the summit.

We were up & down in about 8 hours, had a group of 4 people with various fitness levels. Definitely one of those hikes where the quality of your hiking boots make or break your experience.

22 days ago

Nice quick hike, best view is from the overlook to the west of the summit. Stay to the right when you reach the summit loop split and it will take you directly to the overlook. Uphill the whole way but short. Definitely wear micro spikes or snowshoes in winter as the trail gets extremely icy. A section of the trail becomes a short waterfall but you can easily go around it. My 10 year old loved it.

1 month ago

Snowshoes have packed the fresh snow. A nice meander through pines on a narrow trail. Watch your head on tree leaning over the trail.

Fresh snow covers the ice created during rainy period. Some drifting above 3,000 feet. Light snow today with limited visibility. Summited Esther first, then Whiteface. Saw four backcountry skiers come up the access road, which is plowed and covered in ice. Rigorous hike and quite steep on top. The final 400 vertical feet along the ridge was impressive. Could see alpine skiers dismounting the Summit Quad chairlift. Wind relatively calm today. Started at the Wilmington Reservoir. Noticed most people access the trail from the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, 110 Marble Mountain Ln, Wilmington, NY 12997, which shortens the hike by 1.3 miles.

A great hike. All the other high peaks I have done have started off slow and gradually worked up to a higher incline. This one felt like we were going up the whole way. It did make going down pretty easy though. We picked up some micro spikes before making the hike and I think it was one of the best moves I ever made. About a third of the trail was ice, and the stairs going up to the top were, too. The stairs were extremely windy, so we went back down the ridge from the top. Much easier even with the small ice ledge where it meets the road.

Winter hike was a little more demanding than expected but overall worth the two high peaks you get out of this trail! Don’t forget to plan on it being windy and even colder at the top. The peak buildings are closed during the winter as a reminder. Trail was easy to follow and would recommend.

Beautiful views. Have done in both winter and summer. Great hike!

2 months ago

Great little hike even on a slightly rainy day and would be a nice spot to have a quick picnic/hike!

One of my favorites! The only downside is the 2 mike walk to the base of the mountain from the parking lot.

Snowy/icy and windy at the peak. Was snowy on the way up for the bottom half but on the way back down it melted - so lots of deep wet spots. Absolutely gorgeous up there though. The second half of the hike was amazing.

easy hike for a good lookout.

Awesome last weekend of October to hit both Whiteface and Esther. 7 hours RT to complete. Very muddy but well worth to complete this extra peak on the way back from Whiteface.

Awesome last weekend of October to hit both Whiteface and Esther. 7 hours RT to complete. Not too busy at summit as the tourism season was closed. Very windy but sun-shined filled. Came across some small patches of snow and ice at peak.

Amazing trail!! Beautiful day! So glad we were able to hit Ester as well took us 8 hours to do both! Worth the effort!

Nice stroll through the woods to a great view of some of the High peaks.

A pleasant short hike with little elevation gain. Great views on summit, very pleasantly surprised.

5 months ago

Perfect quick and easy hike!

awesome hike

An amazing view for such a short hike!

This is the best way to hike both Whiteface and Esther. The parking for the ASRC trailhead is on the side of the road as indicated by looking at the GPS track. No registry. The first part of the hike is incredibly steep but is only 0.9 miles to get to the summit of Marble Mountain compared to 2.2 miles if you were to hike from the Wilmington Reservoir. The rest of the hike is very pleasant. The best part is when you get to the road and climb the giant boulders and ridgeline to the summit as drivers curiously watch on. Summit is filled with tourists and can be very annoying.

5 months ago

I started at the ASRC and met this trail at the marble mountain summit. The steepest part was the beginning up marble mountain and the last mile to the summit of whiteface. It took me 5 hours but I was moving fast. It was 13 miles round trip including hiking Esther on the way there. Overall very fun hike but definitely steep and rocky at parts.

This was my first high peak and I am not in the best shape of my life it was tough especially towards the summit for me at least. Very Rocky and I would say 85% of the hike was directly uphill (go figure being a high peak and all). We started our climb at the reservoir, we skipped Ester in hopes to accomplish on the way back but we burning day light so we unfortunately didn't make Ester The view at the Summit was so beautiful completely worth the hike! I just wish it wasn't so touristy at the summit (you can drive up to the top in your car) All in all great hike! .

5 months ago

What a great hike. We started from the observatory parking lot and of course added Esther for a total of 10 miles. Check out my full write up.

Awesome hike!!! Intense uphill, but worth it at the end.

Another successful hike of Whiteface for round 3 for me. This was a leisurely hike that we made into a loop by hiking down the toll road. The weather was perfect with a little mud on the trail, but nothing major.

Very muddy when just taken. once The trail to Esther begins it is pretty easy aside from the deep mud and water. Summit is less than idea with views actually better at the false summit. Very little view once on the top aside from neighboring Whiteface. You haven't reached the top until you find the plaque!

Did this hike in conjunction with Whiteface mountain. Look at my review on whiteface for more of a writeup.

By the way, this mountain has views just not from the summit. Just look around as you climb up and there are several views to see.

Great hike. Started from reservoir. You start the hike by going up Marble Mt until you get to the large karin in the middle of the trail. To the right is Esther Mt. Very muddy but very clear and easy to follow for a trail that is not marked or maintained. No actual views from summit but look around as you go up and you do have nice views of Whiteface. Back down Esther then up Whiteface. Not nearly as muddy but s little wet. The hardest part of the climb was actually Marble Mt. Views from summit are incredible. Lots of people on summit (car drivers). My recording shows 7 miles but my phone died on top of Whiteface. Actual distance was 12.2 miles.

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