Hiked in from ASRC in sneakers, temps and sun were warm. Great clear views from empty summit. Descended via ice crusted Toll Rd. Best time of year to avoid the crowds!
I climbed this one after doing Esther. I felt like I was storming a castle when I got to the tall stone wall supporting the auto road. The people eating lunch at the summit building who had driven up the auto road looked at me like I was nuts. Great view from the top though.
I'll admit, I kind of cheated on this one. Instead of climbing from a trailhead, I wanted to set aside some time to see the town. So...I took the road up to the parking lot.
But, there is a twist. I went up the tourist walkway to the summit, but headed down the Wilmington trail to where it meets the road 450 ft below. Then, back up to the summit up the very same trail, just to get the feel of walking the more alpine parts of Whiteface. In all, about 800ft vertical gain.
#46 via the Whiteface Brook Slide. "What a long strange trip it's been". Bri, Sarah and Chris joined in.
I also paired up with Esther on this day.It was raining cats and dogs the whole time.I arrived at the summit of Whiteface at 7pm,then hiked the highway down.I'll have to return to get the jist of the views.It was nice being all alone on the foggy giant ,though...Jim w
I went from Connery Pond/Whiteface Landing. I like this trail much better than the Wilmington trail. It's pretty level all the way to the lean-to, then you march up the mountain. There was no mud, or slick rock, or overly rocky trail to be dealt with, which is a rarity in the Daks. I liked going up the rock above treeline to the summit, it reminded me a lot of a NH mountain. Not that many people at all for a saturday. It was a cloudy day, but no rain.
to many people ontop!!! but great views...and bathrooms...haha
Went up the Connery Pond Trail, down the ski slopes, and then road run back to the car at Connery Pond. Great mix of hiking and running.
Nice summit ridge with Lots of fat people on top. Esther was a nice addition with little traffic
Climbed via the Wilmington Trail from the Wilmington Reservoir. It must have been the hottest day of the year. There were crouds swarming around the summit but we were just trying to cool off. We were almost tempted to catch a ride down but stuck it out in the end. Ran out of water during the last mile back to Wilmington.
The real start of my addiction to hiking.
My father was half way through climbing all 46 when he decided to drag me along this time and I was hooked. ADK 46er #2188. THX DAD.
Loved the ice palace at the top. The summit lodge was totally deserted, and completely covered in rime ice. It was surreal, like something out of a fantasy.
Have done Whiteface several times, most notable time was canoing to from a friends house on Lake Placid and hiking it then canoing back, long day!
Took the trail from Connery Pond to Whiteface Landing, then on up. About halfway we bushwhacked to the top of the brook, and hiked/climbed the slide all the way up. It was tough in spot due to wet rocks, and my advice is to stay to the left when it looks like there are two slides. The headwall was intimidating, but our fearless leader took his 46th in style, right over the front of it, leaving me down below shaking in my boots. If you go to the right it's not too bad, but not easy either.
Sherpa Chris and Sarah joined in, and as is custom, we celebrated with UBU ales at the LPPB.
This was #14 for me.
Did this one with my parents and brother when I was 13 years old. Don't remember much about it, except on the hike down my Mom was thinking the best way down would have been to roll down!
Revamped my post from stating that I drove to the top in 2002. Now I have actually climbed it via the Wilmington Trail from the Science Center. The top was pretty fogged over, but there were some slight views to Esther Peak, but nothing toward Lake Placid. Also, a very hot day.