Pouring rain, wind, but a fairly well packed trail until the herd path. Hard snow made for quick travel though. Didn't need to hike Whiteface, so it was a fast trip up and down. 37/46 : )
W/Whiteface - nice addition
Climbed via the Wilmington Trail from the Wilmington Reservoir. There was still a lot of snow around this time of year, especially over 3000'. The herd path wasn't hard to follow but the tree branches and occasional blowdown, along with the usual spruce traps, made this a fairly challenging peak in its own right.
Had done this previously in June 1998. Went with my brother who needed it for his 46. Did a slightly alternative route by going up the old T-bar line for the old Marble Mtn. ski area. Currently there is a sign for the herds path and actually some bridges through the swamp area (which I do not remember in 1998). Hazy summer day, so views were average. Bugs were terrible!
After a week of warm weather, and a few days of rain, the day turned out beautifully, and the trail was in pretty good shape. Bare booted most of the way, then switched to snowshoes. Climb from the weather station along Mt Marble ridge was tough because conditions were mixed - some ice, running water, soft snow and exposed rock.
Bagged with Whiteface on a paddle over Lake Placid and climb from Connery Pond.
Beautiful fall colors, but a lot of rain in the AM.
There are a couple herd paths. Some are blocked and some have significant blow-down. Take the path that starts at the cairn.
Combined with Whiteface. Difficult to find the trail with all the snow and no tracks before us.
Did this one on the way back down from whiteface_because i didnt want to hike back in just to do a short mountain__nothing special about Esther_tight trail and very muddy_ just a hill_
Went to esther on the way down from whiteface. It was a nice side trip up a very visible herd path. Snow was on the ground.
HERD PATH FROM WHITEFACE TRAIL-FAIRLY EASY TO FOLLOW-NICE VIEWS.
Did this along with allen, whiteface, and one more(can't remember which one) in a 4 day trip to get my friend's last 4 in the 46.
The trail was very narrow and muddy, but easy to follow. Nice supplement to whiteface and one more on the 46ers list!
Some older published books make this "trailless" peak seem a lot harder than it is. The herd path is fairly worn and mostly easy to follow, although it gets very thin in places. Expect a very muddy journey to the top, where views are partially blocked by trees. Still worth the trip, and you get the best view of Whiteface from Lookout Mountain on the way.
Great little peak. Easy trail to follow. NIce views of whiteface.
Cairns marking the start of the herd path; easiest bushwack i have done. Decent views; same as whiteface.
This was my first ADK solo herd path peak. I remember being somewhat counfounded at the swampy col where the path was difficult to distinguish. I finally found it and proceeded easily to the Esther summit, where a reasonable view of Whieface greeted me.
My first winter assent of this peak which I did with a partner while comming down from Whiteface. There was alot of postholing (once went in all the way to my neck while wareing snowshoes) so we were glad we lugged our snowshoes all the way up Whiteface.
The weather was closed in so all we saw were trees and clouds and we had to use the map an compass to keep on the trail and we went off it once or twice. A good side trip non the less.
Just a note that there is no longer anything left of the sign on the Wilminton trail. Just a bolt in a dead tree. In summer you may have a problem to find the heardpath.