Mount Esther Trail

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Mount Esther Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Wilmington, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.8 miles
1893 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


cross country skiing


nature trips





wild flowers


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.

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.

5 months ago

awesome hike

6 months ago

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!

8 months ago

Moderate grade on the easier side. Very muddy in July. Some views along the way- tricking you into thinking you are close to the peak. No views at the top.

8 months ago

views aren't that great and the trail is a stream right now but It wasn't a bad hike. only hiked because it's part of the 46 high peaks

8 months ago

Herdpath city.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Combined with Whiteface a few weeks back. Started from the ASRC. Quite challenging for me. Esther trail itself is quite easy. It is supposedly
unmarked but very easy to follow from the cairn.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

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.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

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.

5 months ago

Sunday, September 11, 2016