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Wilmington Wild Forest The 46 ADK High Peaks
The 46 Adirondack High Peaks
Wilmington Wild Forest

Whiteface
Mountain

 

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Whiteface Mountain at 4867 feet is ranked fifth in height, of the the "46ers", and first in development. One can drive to the top in air-conditioned comfort and then take an elevator the last 300 feet (27 stories) to the top.  Despite the fortress like weather station and throngs of people in the summer, the peak does offer some spectacular views of the other high peaks and the surrounding area.  On a clear day you can see Lake Champlain and on a very clear day Mount Royal to the north.

There are good hiking trails to the top and you can come in from four separate trailheads. Most of them see only moderate use as the other high peaks draw in most of the hikers. In winter expect to see only a few people on the trail as many hikers forgo the trail altogether and come up the closed road.  The main route along the Wilmington Trail is a 5.2 mile one way hike from NY 431 to the top of Whiteface Mountain with an elevation gain of nearly 3700 feet.  Many ADK 46ers make the trip to nearby Esther Mountain in order to hit two of the high peaks in one combined trip.

Most visitor's to Whiteface, pay the $16 and drive up to the top in their vehicle.  You will also find many motorcyclist that drive the memorial highway.  You might even see the occasional bicyclist making the tough climb up the highway on their bikes.

 

Nature Trail on Whiteface Mountain

 

Summit of Whiteface Mountain

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