Ascent of Esther Mountain on 2012-09-23
|Others in Party:||Scott Duclos|
|Date:||Sunday, September 23, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New York|
| Elevation:||4239 ft / 1292 m|
Ascent Trip Report29th ADK Peak! After a three week hiatus it was good to get back to hiking and return to the peaks. It had felt like an eternity since we had pulled out our hiking clothes and boots. During the summer we had fallen into a "hiking routine" each weekend- sometimes even mid-week. Various obligations, weather and a few minor injuries had prevented us from hiking for a few weeks. Returning to our "routine" felt good. The early morning drive into the high peak region provided for some stunning scenery as the fall foilage had started to turn. Hiking Esther and Whiteface also meant we were able to hike an area/trail which we had not hiked previously. We arrived at the trailhead at approximately 8 am. The first 1.3 miles of the trail were flat and level. The air was cool and crisp and several leaves had fallen, reminding us that fall was in fact here. At 1.3 miles the trail begins to ascend with a moderate to steady grade. After a several week break from hiking we felt a little "out of practice". The scenery of the fall leaves provided a good excuse to stop and take a break every now and then. At 2.2 miles the trail intersects with the Connery Pond trail. About a mile ahead a large cairn and sign indicates the junction for Esther Mountain where the trail starts to become unmaintained. It is approximately 1.5 miles from the trail junction to the summit of Esther. There are a few false summits to pass along. The herd path is quite easy to follow and I was surprised to see the extensive trailwork which had been completed. An elaborate boardwalk had been installed in a marsh like area. I found myself yet again thankful for the work of those dedicated trail keepers before me. We were the only hikers we encountered until three hikers met up with us on the summit of Esther. Several more groups were seen throughout the day. A plaque commemorating Esther McComb was found on the summit. The summit was smaller and tree covered but some views could be seen of Whiteface in the distance. Following a short lunch and a chat with the hikers we met on the summit, we began our descent of Esther, ready to begin the ascent of Whiteface.
Highlights: fall foilage starting to peak, cool crisp fall air, beautiful early morning drive into Willmington,
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| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail|
| Weather:||Cool, Windy, Autumn like|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Esther/Whiteface|
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