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Old 06-18-2015, 03:04 PM   #1
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1st High Peak


My son and I next month will be hiking our first high peak "Whiteface". I was wondering if anyone might have some tips or the best trail to take. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-18-2015, 03:19 PM   #2
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The shortest approach is the Marble Mountain trail from the ASRC. Some folks prefer the Wilmington trail for it's gradual climb and nice woods.

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Old 06-18-2015, 03:31 PM   #3
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CNY Hiking can be a good site to use while trip planning.

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Old 06-18-2015, 03:40 PM   #4
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Definitely climb from the North. The southern approach via Whiteface Landing is longer and extremely steep towards the top. The Wilmington trail is beautiful and never very steep. Enjoy.
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Old 06-18-2015, 05:47 PM   #5
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Wilmington Trail

I did a little more research and I think the Wilmington trail is a good place to start. Maybe a side trip to Esther. Thank you for all your insight..

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Old 06-23-2015, 03:44 AM   #6
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Be aware that Esther is an unmarked trail (a "herd path" in hiking lingo). There may be a sign at the junction where the herd path splits off, but other than that, you won't have any trail markers to follow to the summit of Esther. As herd paths go, the Esther one is pretty straightforward and easy to follow, but it does necessitate a greater level of experience and skill with regards to navigation, especially in the off chance that you do lose the herd path.

Be sure to carry a map and compass (and that you know how to use them). If you're unsure of your ability to navigate without the aid of a marked trail, Esther might be best left for later in your High Peaks quest, once you've gained that skill. Some of the High Peaks, such as the Dixes, the Santanonis, and the Sewards, require a fair amount of navigation without the aid of trail markers or signs at junctions.
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Old 06-24-2015, 09:54 AM   #7
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The only high peak with a cafe at the summit! Have fun.
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