Esther Mountain | Snowshoe

Peak Name

Esther Mountain

Most Popular Winter Trailhead 

Wilmington Trail from the Atmosphere Science Research Center (ASRC)



Round Trip Distance

7.0 miles

Average Round-trip Time

7 to 8 hours

Winter Obstacles to be Aware Of

Normal winter conditions

Route Overview

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.  

Essential Gear

Please refer to our basic list of winter gear recommendations for day trips, remember this list is only a recommendation, and you should take into consideration your experience, group size, length of trip, conditions, weather forecast, and any unforeseen incidences.

Whiteface Memorial Highway
New York
(518) 523-2445
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