Most Popular Winter Trailhead
Wilmington Trail from the Atmosphere Science Research Center (ASRC)
Round Trip Distance
Average Round-trip Time
7 to 8 hours
Winter Obstacles to be Aware Of
Normal winter conditions
From the trailhead at the ASRC the trail drops a bit to the base of Marble Mountain before you begin a steep and steady climb to the summit of Marble Mountain 0.75 miles away. The views from Marble are quite nice and should be enjoyed. From here you will remain on a flat trail for a bit, but soon start climbing again on a somewhat steep pitch to the intersection for Esther Mountain that comes in on the right.
Once on the herd path for Esther you will notice the trees become heavily weighted down from snow and make the passage quite narrow. You will descend slowly to the col between Lookout Mountain and Esther before a moderate climb welcomes you to the partially wooded summit. There are nice views of Whiteface from this location as well as back into Wilmington and beyond to Jay.
Please refer to our basic list of winter gear recommendations for day trips and remember this list is only a recommendation and you should take into light your experience, group size, length of trip, conditions, weather forecast, and any unforeseen incidences.