Added by Rebecca Nichols
If you enjoy slide climbing, you will love this approach to the summit of Whiteface. Reward yourself with a cold beer sold on top!
You can choose to do an out-and-back, or we also spotted cars finishing at the Atmospheric Science Research Center.
Starting at the sign-in box on Connery Pond Road you will follow a dirt road that skirts Connery Pond and then narrows to a foot trail. Once you reach the junction to Whiteface Landing you will bear right and continue up. Eventually you will reach the Whiteface lean-to. Relax and fuel up, the real fun is about to begin!
Shortly after the lean-to and approximately 4.0 miles from the start of the hike you can cut into the woods to begin the bushwhack to the slide. We climbed a stream bed with lots of boulders and plenty of climbing.
Once you come out of the trees to the base of the slide its quite impressive. From here climb the slide and small scramble near the top the summit.
The summit hosts bathrooms, a restaurant and a souvenir shop.
Once you enjoy some summit time you will descend via the Wilmington Trail. Shortly after cutting across the open ski area you will come to a large cairn. You should continue straight (unless you are working on your Adirondack 46 you can take the herd path left to Esther Mountain also on the list). Once you reach a junction further down you will turn left to Marble Mountain. Enjoy some last minute views as you will then continue your descent to the Atmospheric Science Research Center.
Please make sure you have good navigating skills!
- Hiking Boots and/or Approach Shoe
- Snowshoes (Winter)
- Skis (Winter)
- Crampons (winter)
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