In Wilmington from the four-way stop sign follow Route 431 (Whiteface Mountain Road). Follow here for 2.4 miles to the Atmospheric Science Research Center Road on the left. Follow this road around the one-way roundabout to the trail on the right, just past a dirt road that descends into the woods. The trail is not labeled with a DEC sign.
From the trailhead you descend a bit to a gravel road before very long and steep climb up Marble Mountain. From the top of Marble Mountain you will come to an intersection, stay right. After a short break on a flatter section you will start a demanding climb through an evergreen forest that opens up a few views along the way. After about 1.5 miles you will come to the herd-path to Esther Mountain. Continuing straight the climb relaxes a bit after a short descent before it climbs steeply to the Whiteface Memorial Highway. The trail leaves the roadside immediately and climbs steeply up to an open ridge with amazing views. You will continue the ridge to the summit of Whiteface where you will be greeted in awe by all those who drove up.
Approximate Round Trip time:
Family with Young Kids: Not recommended
Experienced Hiker: 6 to 7 hours
Out of Shape Hiker: 7 to 8 hours