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Whiteface Mountain

Whiteface Mountain is the fifth-highest mountain in the U.S. state of New York, and one of the High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains. Set apart from … See more



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Jan 1, 2023
We went in October and took the gondola to the top. Have you ever seen foliage from above? This is the place to see it. It was cool being at the top despite it being foggy. But the view of the foliag… Full review by ktbelle2012
Nov 29, 2022
You have to pay just to drive up the mountain... and then it closes at 4pm. So if you don't come early- don't bother. I was a 2 hour drive away and ended up not even going. I was really looking fo… Full review by Paradox15
Oct 16, 2022
Loved the beauty and scenic view of the autumn colored (crimson, yellow, orange) leafy trees surrounding us everywhere while taking the gondola ride. It was breathtaking. I am terrified of heights … Full review by Laurianne T


A Great Hike
Whiteface Mountain is the fifth highest peak among the 46 high peaks of the Adirondack region, standing 4,867 feet above sea level. Whiteface is separated from 44 of the other high peaks, standing seemingly alone to the northeast of Lake Placid. Only Mt. Esther, the 28th highest peak standing at 4,239 feet, sits in the shadow of Whiteface. The peak of Whiteface Mountain is accessible by hiking trail or by road, providing a challenging climb for cyclists or simply access to others who would not traditionally be found on the top of a mountain. It is the only developed Adirondack high peak, containing a visitors center on top as well as a ski resort. What Makes It Great Because of its location, a clear day on the peak of Whiteface provides spectacular views all around. Lake Placid, the lake and the town, as well as the other 44 high peaks are visible to the south of Whiteface. To the east, a person can see Lake Champlain as well as the Green Mountains of Vermont. On the clearest days, the White Mountains of New Hampshire may also be seen. What You’ll Remember As with many bald mountains, the views from the top of Whiteface will prove to be the greatest reward. Many hikers also choose to complete their 46er on Whiteface for the ease of access for family members and friends to be there to celebrate with them. Hikers should be patient with some of the more touristy types at the peak who may not understand some of the basics of trail etiquette. Who is Going to Love It< Just about anyone can and will enjoy Whiteface Mountain. For hikers, the climb is challenging but rewarding with plenty of views along the way. Cyclists looking for a great climb will appreciate the challenge of biking up the mountain and those just looking for something to do will appreciate the views from the top. Parking, Trailheads, Hours The primary trailhead is located along Marble Mt. Road. The parking here is free. From the trailhead, the trail climbs steeply up Marble Mountain for about a mile before coming to an intersection. The trail for Whiteface is to the right, and hikers will climb for another mile and a half before coming to a large cairn signaling the herd-path to Mt. Esther. This trail to Esther is about a mile long and very easy. It is necessary for those completing the 46er. Returning to the cairn, the trail to Whiteface continues with gradual climbing for another mile and a half before reaching the peak. Those hoping to drive or cycle to the top should expect to pay $16 for a ticket. Once at the visitor center, those who took the road can choose to take an elevator located in the heart of Whiteface to the top or hike about a quarter mile to the peak. Your Experience Have you ever made the trip to the top of Whiteface? Share your adventure in the comment section below!
Views of the Adirondacks
The Adirondack Mountains are insanely pretty. From the lush forests and the hidden lakes to the rugged mountains and the quaint little towns, Upstate New York is an amazing place to visit. And the best way to experience it all? From atop one of the region's highest mountain peaks--Whiteface Mountain. As for the hike to the top, there are three trail options. They all have their pros and cons, and they're all relatively different lengths and take varying amounts of time. Along the trails, you might stumble across old cement footers from when the mountain was used as a ski resort, herd paths, open forests, boulders and, of course, those magnificent stone stairs. The one thing you'll find on all of the trails? Breathtaking views of Upstate New York!If the stone stairs look a little too intense for you, fear not! You can actually drive to the top, or there's an elevator inside the mountain that can take you to the summit-- you just have to do a trek through a 400-foot-long manmade tunnel directly into Whiteface Mountain's core. It's a slightly more intense hike, so don't feel too bad about not hoofing it to the top, especially if you've got kids with you. Besides, the views along the Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway are kind of awesome-- there are nine overlook spots where you can stop and take in the scenery. It's almost distractingly beautiful, so take advantage.There's a reward for making it to the top, too-- a castle made of granite excavated from the mountain when the road to the top was being built during the Great Depression. There's also a restaurant and a gift shop as well. But the main attraction is the views: from the summit, you can see for miles into Vermont and Canada... and on a really clear day, you'll be able to spot the skyscrapers of Montreal, which is an impressive 80 miles away. Also check out the mountain's Eastern slope-- this is where the legendaryWhiteface Mountain Ski Resort is. The alpine skiing portions of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olymics were held there! Thankfully, you don't have to be an actual Olympic athlete to experience or appreciate the beauty of the mountain! -RoadtrippersWhiteface Mountain is the fifth-highest mountain in the U.S. state of New York, and one of the High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains. Set apart from most of the other High Peaks, the summit offers a 360-degree view of the Adirondacks and clear-day glimpses of Vermont and even Canada, where the skyscrapers of Montreal, 80 miles away, can be seen on a very clear day. Located in the town of Wilmington, about 13 miles from Lake Placid, the mountain's east slope is home to a major ski area which hosted the alpine skiing competitions of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. Unique among the High Peaks, Whiteface features a developed summit and seasonal accessibility by motor vehicle. Whiteface Memorial Highway reaches a parking area at an elevation of 4,600 feet, with the remaining 267 feet being obtained by tunnel and elevator.

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