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Mt. Esther

This is a fun alternative bushwack climb to the top of Esther from the Whiteface Memorial Highway.
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 4.8 miles
Duration: Full day

Overview :  This is a short but challenging winter climb up Mt. Esther from the Mt. Whiteface Memorial Highway. You'll climb up the road with... more »

Tips:  You'lll want to park at the tollgate for the Whiteface Memorial Highway. To get here follow Rte 86 north from Lake Placid and turn... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Memorial Highway Gate

This will be closed in the winter so you will need to park before the gate then head up the road on skis or snow shoes. Follow the GPS track in this guide until you come to the curve below Esther where you will venture into the woods.

2. Head into the woods here

Head into the woods on the left side of the road here and start heading up through the very thick brush. You'll want to have a tough coat and pants on for this because it is definitely thick and sharp in places...

3. The Thickness

Check out the pictures as they show how thick the trees are going up through this section. Aim for the rock outcrops above to reach the ridge.

4. Rock Outcrops

These are some of the best views from the hike as you are actually on open rocks with views towards Whiteface to the south.

5. Summit of Esther

You are at the 4,239' summit of Esther. There will be a cleared opening at the summit where you will have views towards Whiteface towering above you to the south. There will also be a register at the top for you to sign your name as this is one of the 46 that don't technically have a trail to the top. From here turn around and head back down... More