Whiteface Mountain Summit Trail

HARD 86 reviews
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Whiteface Mountain Summit Trail is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Wilmington, New York that features a great forest setting 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.

DISTANCE
9.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3720 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

muddy

rocky

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. 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.

19 hours ago

Great hike! Did this yesterday with the lady and dog. It was muddy at times, but well worth it once we got to the top. Took 6.5 hrs round-trip from the reservoir.

1 day ago

Did Whiteface and Esther yesterday from Science Center..14 plus miles...and that was with a ride down from summit...difficult and super muddy...so plan accordingly...unless you are a committed 46er Esther is just additional miles with little visibility. Very vertical hike but the summit at Whiteface is incredible ...the rock scramble up to the top was well worth it

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2 days ago

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2 days ago

We hiked up to the summit and took the road back down. This was my second time hiking this peak.

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24 days ago

Great hike started at the observatory lot. The first part over marble mountan was the hardest for me. gets muddy, sum great outcrops. stopped at the ski lift for lunch, nice stopping point. overall challenging but worth the effort very crowded at the summit but the views on the way and at the summit and the feeling is special. First 46er complete with my awesome family

26 days ago

Great view on top

1 month ago

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1 month ago

Started at the reservoir on May 4th. It was a great hike. I'm glad we brought micro spikes it was a bit sloppy and icy above 3000 feet.

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1 month 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. http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/whitefaceandesther/

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

Loved this hike but let it be known, it's very steep for most of the hike. We started from the science center rather than the reservoir which shaved off a mile or so but the trail is not marked w tags till you reach the reservoir trail. Not a lot of flat sections. It's really ruff in the winter. Many hikers turned around due to winds. I recommend doing the last section on the road (as soon as you come to the wall that the road is built on you will be near the top) in the winter due to high winds and exposed sheer rock face on the last bit. A guy fell there last weekend and had to be airlifted out... Broken ribs and all. We broke trail that day, but due to no heavy snow the path was packed down and pretty clear. Lots of ice!!! Do not attempt without spikes in winter. I really want to come back in summer to enjoy the view more and explore the summit.

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7 months ago

Combined with Esther a few weeks back. Started from the ASRC. Quite challenging for me. Knocked this and Esther down. Took way longer than I expected. Very populated summit. Driving up! Pffffffffffffffft.

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7 months ago

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8 months ago

Hiked Whiteface along with my boyfriend in October 2016. Definitely a difficult hike, but not a technical one. Much of the hike was uphill. Decent was much fore difficult than we perceived it would be. Took about 6.5 hours from the Wilmington Reservoir.