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Whiteface, Lookout and Esther Mountains

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Wilmington Wild Forest

Whiteface, Lookout and Esther Mountains is a 9.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Wilmington, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 9.5 mi Elevation gain 3,818 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy Rocky
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NOTE: As of August, 19 2020, users have reported that the elevator/gift shop/etc at the summit are closed. Parking is limited at the peak with a $15/person charge and the sidewalk walk way is roped off to the top. Wilmington Wild Forest is open for recreation: Year-round New York State Route 431 (NY 431) is open during June, July, August, September and October.

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Bob Young
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HikingGreat!

Initially, I didn't know where the trail was. From the parking area, take the small trail to the road, take the road to the end, and then continue straight when the road ends. The trail will then immediately proceed upwards, relentlessly, this hike is front loaded with the hard work. Esther, blah, but I didn't mind the sideways travel for a little while. Views from Whiteface are great. Nice people on the trails, and not crazy numbers. 5 hours total for me, but please keep in mind that I hike like an escaped convict.

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Andrew Waltzer
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Brigid Purcell
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Hiked up to Esther and whiteface from marble mountain range road. Hiked down along whiteface along lake placid. Beautiful views at whiteface, not much to see at Esther. First two miles of the ascent are tough then after that it’s fairly easy. Same with the descent down the other side of the mountain

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Nicole Darrow
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Other reviews accurate with steep start. Skip Esther unless you need to check it off your 46er list. There isn’t a view. Whiteface is fantastic 360 views at the top.

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Warren Foster
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amazing trial, Whitface Mountain was very well maintained and some great views from the peek. Esther trail was not maintained so it was narrow but easy to treverse be use it's regularly.

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andrew horne
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Stephen M
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Good conditions. The leaves are starting to change.

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Nick Miller
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Gregory Gregory Earnhart
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Raghav Puri
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Great hike. A very steep start but gets better after the first hour. The views from the whiteface summit are stunning. Esther also has a good view of Whiteface.

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Lydia Kenney
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Willow Speak
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Brandon Colón
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Esther was very muddy, can see WhiteFace from it but nothing special at all just cool to knock it off the list of high peaks. WhiteFace was amazing view. Challenging hike last mile, rather steep but worth it at the end for the views. Full 360 view at the top.

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Chris Roger
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Nice view of Whiteface from Esther and wonderful 360 view from the top of Whiteface. Some steep portions and, of course, rocks, lots of rocks but a nice trail well worth the effort. A few wet spots that were not difficult to avoid. We managed to be alone at the top for more than 20 min and only saw a few people. Met a gentleman on the way to Esther who had just completed all 46 peaks and was so happy about it; Congratulations!!!!!

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Victoria Zampella
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HikingGreat!

Overall great hike, Esther was super muddy. With no view. whiteface was slightly muddy... it was pretty much directly uphill the first mile, and then it would go back and forth incline and flatten out for a little. Until you got close to the summit and that was all a decent incline up. It took us about 7.5 hours but we did hang at the top for at least a halfhour so overall decent day for both peaks. Nothing too dangerous or risky with this hike, just a great bootyburn to the top with an AMAZING view on whiteface. Leaves are just starting to change too, so fall hiking begins!

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Elizabeth Anderson
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beautiful trail! as others have said, first mile is unrelenting. but beautiful change of scenery after marble.

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Robert G.
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Steep up first 1.5 miles or so. No trailhead to sign in? Busy trail. Then levels out, then up again at end but who cares as ridge last 1/3 mile is awesome. Esther is waste of time and annoying . Whiteface views are spectacular. A bit of strange hike as you approach highway near summit. Not use to that.

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Steve Pehta
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Christodoulos Athanasiou
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Kelsey Baron
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Whiteface was amazing, beautiful trail and a breathtaking view at the top. Definitely worth the very challenging climb. Esther doesn’t have a great view and it’s very muddy but has a great story behind it!

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Josh Manne
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First two miles steep and tough then tough at times but amazing hike with great views along the way and from the Whiteface summit

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Ron Michael
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Started at the trailhead at 05:15 hrs, challenging at first due to lack of sunlight - and use of headlamps. Brisk 36 degrees. Once the sunrise illuminated the trail, the trek was much easier. Reached the summit of Esther at 07:42 hrs - much muddier than anticipated. You can avoid most of the mud on if you watch your footing. Reached Whiteface summit at 09:25 hrs, hung out for 30-40 mins and started towards trailhead. Ended hike at 12:15 hrs, moving at a comfortable pace (7 hrs total commitment).

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Rebekah Davis
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Fun rocky trail. Gorgeous views!

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Steven Heneghan
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Nice trail, hard in the beginning great views

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