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I would have brought thin gloves with me as it was cold and starting to ice towards the summit. Long sleeves and another layer would be appropriate. It was a beautiful day and challenging hike. There was a lot of water on a lot of the trail too.

perfect place for a picnic lunch

Easy to start off. Then goes into a rocky, consistent incline with several rock scrambles. About 3/4 of the way up you come to a steep, narrow cut out in the rocks, just big enough for one person to fit straight up. After that is another steep climb up rocks. To the left is a smooth rock and to the right is a space so narrow I had to take my pack pack off and go up sideways. If you are terrified of heights like myself I do not recommend this. I had to turn back because it was a straight drop to my right. There is a nice false summit a little before this part with beautiful views and plenty of places to sit and eat.

First off, the distance RT is much closer to 4.5 - 5 miles, the trail has some switchbacks that are a bit off the path on here. Second, the hike was fun. There was some scrambling, which was a a bit tricky, but myself and my father had no issues. I loved the rock scrambles, makes this hike a fun one, different than other scrambles I've done. Once you get up onto the exposed rock, the trail can be very tricky to follow. There are a few trail markers and some rock cairns, go slow and look for these. Have some sort of map just to be safe.

Definitely moderate plus. Quite a bit of scrambling is involved, but well worth it for the views. Very interesting terrain. We got off trail once or twice, but quickly recovered. Probably not recommended for young children. The distance to summit seems longer than the listed 3.3 miles. Otherwise an excellent gem of a hike!

Easy spot to get to you as it is close to the road. Tall cliffs and little waterfalls make for an enjoyable sights

Coming from a group of fit 30 yo, this was a great yet strenuous hike (and that's without the detour to Esther) Enjoy the the first flat part, as it gets pretty steep about 2k in. Trail is well maintained and beautiful. Views on top are very nice, but somewhat crowded and less of "lost in nature" vibe. Many people get there by car. Washrooms hard to find. Overall, great hike, would def recommend. Took us 7h including one hour lunch break. Have fun!

This was a great trail! We decided to start at ASRC. Marble Mountain is tough, but it’s over pretty quickly. Once you get past Marble Mountain, there is a constant incline until you get past the trail marker for Esther. We skipped Esther as we are not planning to be 46er’s. Another couple we spoke to said the trail for Esther was very muddy and the views were “just ok,” so glad we skipped it. After Esther, it levels off for a bit and then gets right back to it. The final push from the stone wall was a challenge, but the views from the summit made everything worth it! We started on a Saturday at 10am exactly, very little traffic on the trail until we got closer to the top around 12-1pm. The “early group” had started their descent around that time. The Summit, however, was cluttered with people who had driven up, taking up a lot of sitting room for the hikers who wanted to rest their feet. That’s my only grumble. Nevertheless, the views were absolutely stunning, even with the crowds. Challenging, yet incredibly rewarding! It took us 3 hrs to reach the summit from the parking lot (skipping Esther) and 2 hrs from the summit to our car. Poles would have definitely been helpful, but not necessary.

Great hike! Definitely more than moderate because of the rock scrambles and elevation change all within about a mile. The 3.3 miles listed here is only to the FALSE SUMMIT. It’s closer to 4.4 miles round trip to the summit. If you haven’t seen the marker, you’re not to the summit yet! Take your time and enjoy the views!

Great hiking with some challenges at the beginning when you up straight.
Most of the hiking is in the woods so you don’t see a lot while climbing but got different type of grounds (rocks, mud, flat, etc) which make it fun.
We didn’t see much at the top as we were in the clouds but that was a bit magical :)

Overall amazing hike!! The hike starts out pretty flat and then quickly starts ascending for about a mile and a half at inclines between 15-40 %. That was definitely the toughest part but you get a pretty good break at the junction of marble mountain and whiteface. The views make it 100% worth it!! The only downside was that the terrain was quite rocky (easy to trip a lot), and very muddy at certain points despite the beautiful weather.

Absolutely beautiful! Lots of scrambling! Lots of birch trees and ferns and moss.

Really awesome trail! I would say it is medium to difficult. If one has any back or knee issues I would not attempt this. The views at the top are amazing.

We had a great day to hike catamount. Perfect half day hike. Agree with Elocin the last .8 is challenging. But fun.

A fun place to splash around!

This was my first of the 46ers. Though it was a challenging one to start off with, the views were absolutely worth it. Really cool mini stone castle at the top that includes a dining area, gift shop and restroom. I will be returning one day!

Spectacular views from the shoulder, amazing perspective

We hiked Esther via the ASRC in April. So we skipped her on our climb this week. That being said, our Esther hike prepared us very well for the Face. We took it nice and slow up Marble. After Marble, we progressively picked up our pace. Took a nice break at the ski lift before making the final push to the summit. The summit is pretty great... The hordes of tourists that drove up there.... Not so much.... Regardless, a very fun hike! A bunch of ravens were circling the summit!

Great hike. The only water on the trail is a couple of small springs between the trail to Ester and Whiteface. My dog loved it and we had no bugs. Glad to check those two off my list.

The trek up marble mountain is really the toughest part, the rest goes by nicely and even in rain and clouds there was still some nice views from the top of whiteface.

This was a beautiful trail. I would rate it as difficult just because of the amount of rock that you are climbing towards the top. I went with my my mom and my brothers who aren't as experienced climbers. If you are less experienced our out of shape, I would give yourself at least 2-3 hours to get to the summit. Great views of whiteface and not a lot of people.

walking
2 months ago

very easy trail with nice views of the river

I went down there with my 4 year old and we wished we’d worn water shoes and bathing suits. There were folks jumping off the rock cliff and swimming. It was beautiful.

Started at the ASRC, clocked only 3.6 miles to the summit. 9.77 including a detour to summit Esther.

Challenging incline at the beginning but worth it!

One of my favorite adk hikes that many are unaware of. It’s a little bit of a drive to but it’s well worth it. This hike has it all from woods trails to scrambles to climbing a chimney and false summits. It’s a fun hike just be mindful to pay close attention as the trail can be tricky to follow towards the top so just watch for trail markers and cairns. Many spots to stop and hang out with views along the way as well. Hike took 4 hours round trip with about 15 minutes up top (would have stayed longer but the bugs were fierce that day)

A unique hike. The first 0.9 miles in is pretty flat then a steady climb for the next 1.4 miles to the top of marble mountain. At that point the climbing continues up and up as you approach the trail split to Esther (marked by a large boulder and enormous pile of Small rocks, can’t miss it). Esther to the right, Whiteface is straight. I’d recommend hitting Esther and then coming back for Whiteface since it’s a much better place to spend more time. Esther is muddy and unmarked but you’ll see a plaque at the summit. Wooded with partial views. From there going up Whiteface is a gasser. Once you come to the memorial highway road you’ll walk along the back of the wall for a while before a long rock scramble to the top. Views on Whiteface are unbeatable. You’ll be there with people who drove up, except it’s much more rewarding for you. The ascent down whiteface is pretty relentless on the toes in the boots but the hike overall with a 30 minute break on Whiteface took us 7 hours round trip.

2nd highest summit in New York State. Mostly Full Sun. Bring water, spf 40 and bug spray. Steep grade is challenging, but slow and steady wins the race!

There are some parts of this hike that I absolutely loved and would do again in the heartbeat, but Marble Mtn really gets you right off the bat. I found the trail to be really dusty and slippery with pebbles, but once you get past that it’s not so bad. The trail to Whiteface is beautiful and lots of different terrain keeps it interesting. Definitely check out the ski lift to the left, it’s really neat and a good time for a break before the last hurrah. Summit is crowded but lots of interesting people to talk to. And now, Esther. I absolutely loved this trail and this mountain. So beautiful, quiet, and lovely. Trail is wicked easy to follow.
Hiked 7/2 (4&5 46ers)

great hike that pretty much anyone can do, just have to pace yourself. marble mountain is by far the hardest part but at least you get it out of the way right off the bat. once thats done is smooth sailing until the whiteface summit. I did it the day after a prettyy heavy rain storm so the trail was really slick most of the way, for at least a mile I was walking in somekind of a stream or mud. Make sure to take that quick detour to the abandoned chair lift at the summit of marble mountain, great place for a snack before the final push. GTX boots and poles highly recommended for this one...have fun!

Whiteface is a fantastic hike. As others have said, once the trail starts it is a constant uphill hike, which makes sense since it's a mountain..but still don't expect too much level terrain to rest your legs on. I started from the ASRC and it looked like parking filled up around mid-morning or so.

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