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Esther Mountain Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 2.7 (3)

This is the trail leading to the summit of Esther Mountain, number 28 of the High Peaks 46'ers.


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Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.7

KM

Point to Point

4,243' 1,293 m

High

3,972' 1,211 m

Low

386' 118 m

Up

115' 35 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek

Need to Know

Very wet, year-round. No view from the summit, even from promising-looking herd paths, except the slight view of Whiteface over the trail. Marked on the Whiteface Mountain Trail by a very large cairn with an orange rod sticking out.

Description

You can only access the Esther Mountain Trail by first taking the Whiteface Mountain Trail. There are no views the entire length of the Esther Mountain Trail. While there are not many steep sections over this one mile trail, it is often filled with water and mud. This is due to erosion of the trail and inadequate drainage. When I took the trail, it was clear for several days but the trail was like hiking a stream. Be prepared to get wet.

There is no view from the summit which is buried amongst thickets and underbrush. It's very anticlimactic however, there is a metal plaque cemented to a rock identifying the summit.

Contacts

Land Manager: NY DEC - Region 5 Office

Shared By:

John Maurizi with improvements by Cameron Flynn

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  2.7 from 3 votes

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Trail on Esther Mountain
Aug 28, 2017 near Lake Pl…, NY
No views from the summit.  Only a summit plaque.
Aug 31, 2017 near Lake Pl…, NY
Sign present for turn off to Esther Mountain
Aug 28, 2017 near Lake Pl…, NY

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Aug 7, 2020
Cameron Flynn
Sep 29, 2018
Scott Hoitsma
Caught Esther on the way to Whiteface. Trail was very muddy but still easily hikeable. Definitely easy to do with Whiteface for 46er’s 1.2mi
Jul 27, 2018
JF Morin
May 27, 2018
Stuart Rotblat