Whiteface Mountain Summit Trail

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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.

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11 days ago

Took about 5 hours round trip with 30min break at summit however my group was going at a very fast and pace, only real challenging part was the Marble Mountain part, be prepared as the trail is VERY muddy with lots of standing water.

12 days ago

Very steep...but the top is worth it! Just keep walking and you'll be there in no time!

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16 days ago

très belle montagne, montée de 4 heures, tranquillement départ du camping North Pôle jusqu'au réservoir, marche facile sur 1.3 miles puis début de montée sur .9 mile jusqu'au sommet de Marbre montait mais non identifié puis une autre montée sur je ne sais quel sommet d'environ .9 mile et enfin un marché sur le plat d' environ 1 mile jusqu'au edge pour atteindre le sommet de Whiteface mountain et enfin le rétourdissements a pris 3 heures. total q9 km pour 8 heures

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1 month ago

This is one of the shorter 46er trails. RT was about 6 hours for both mountains leaving from Atmospheric Center trail head. This trail can be VERY muddy. The high traffic this mountain receives only makes the mud worse. A very popular trail despite having gone mid week passing about 15+ different groups, with 4-5 dogs in tow.

Esther was a very plain mountain with very few redeeming qualities. Skip it unless you need it to be a 46er or want the extra mileage.

The most rewarding part of the Whiteface trail is the final push on the exposed ridge. Very cool views for sure. The developed Summit is (of coarse) amazing, but I will be honest... I was a little disheartened hiking all the way up and seeing a family of 5 (who had driven up) eating Mcdonalds they had brought with them.

1 month 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 month 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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1 month 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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2 months 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

2 months ago

Great view on top

2 months ago

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3 months 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.