On top of Whiteface. Most folks get there by driving up the Memorial Highway. Plaque commemorating Esther's mistake.
Lake Placid as seen from top of Whiteface.
|Whiteface, along with
Esther, the two high peaks you can see from Ausable Lodge and Otter
Cottage, can be
reached from the North via two spots on the Veterans Memorial Highway,
road that takes motorists up to the summit of Whiteface in season. From
corners in Wilmington (where Route 86 heads south towards Lake Placid
the Mel's Diner/ Candyman intersection), take the highway up, looking
your left for signs to the Whiteface trail and the Wilmington Reservoir.
A second trail begins further up the highway on your left,
Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, a turnoff before you reach the
gate to Whiteface. Both of these approaches begin with kind of
climbs, which make you wonder why you didn't go fishing instead.
take heart, both the trail to Whiteface, and the offshot trail to
Mountain and Esther become easier as you progress. The view from
is great, while the view from Esther is merely okay. I recommend Esther
if you're on your way to becoming a 46er. Esther is supposed to be a
but I had no trouble following the "herd"trail. You can also hike up
from the south, taking the trail to the top of Lake Placid (the lake,
the town) from the right side of Rte. 86, just beyond where the West
of the Ausable River heads off along River Drive, towards the Olympic
Jumps. This trail is an excellent trail for kids and family, at least
far as to the landing on Lake Placid. From there, a hiker can choose to
up Whiteface, a more serious challenge.