4,240 ft / 1,292 m


302 ft / 92 m


97 summits

Top climbing months

August   16%

May   12%

September  10%


  • In 1839 Esther McComb, a 15 year old schoolgirl set out to climb Whiteface Mt., but accidentally became the first person to climb Mt. Esther. There is a plaque on the summit in her honor. Esther is often climbed in conjunction with Whiteface, even though it is listed as an unmaintained trail.
"I went up to Whiteface in winter a couple years ago, but didn't tag Esther during that trip because it was so cold. So, I arrived at the ASRC at 12:45pm and was pretty sure I had enough time to get to Esther and back before dark. It was a pretty uneventful trip up to the summit. I saw only three other people out during my trip. I brought a small sled with me to slide down marble mountain on the return. The sled worked a little too well, so I only used it in a couple spots because it got going way to fast and I had trouble controlling my speed. One more winter 46er down, a ton still to go. " - LGH-Tom, Jan 19, 2018
"Journée sur Whiteface avec un groupe d'amis. Les crampons ont été nécessaire. C'était froid froid froid froid!!! :) Je n'ai vraiment pas aimé Esther. La difficulté pour se rendre là ne valait pas le sommet... " - fsoucy76, Nov 11, 2017
"VERY muddy - took the trail from the research center which was filled with rubble rock and straight up, will take the reservoir trail for Whiteface as we ran out of daylight due to the Ironman traffic detours. " - brittanypalmieri, Sep 10, 2017
"First High Peak of the day. Great day. Perfect weather and great company. Muddy on the way to and from Esther, but it is to be expected this time of year. The bugs were almost none existent which was a major plus." - Right-On, May 28, 2017
"A big loop today up the ski hills, then down the trails on this side. A side trip to this unassuming peak, one that you don't know you are at until you almost step on the plaque! " - dougbarton, Jun 15, 2016



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