Ascent of Whiteface Mountain on 2019-06-28

Climber: Lori S

Others in Party:Jennie Hartmann
Date:Friday, June 28, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Whiteface Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4865 ft / 1482 m

Ascent Trip Report

Outlook Mt/Esther/Whiteface. Traverse from the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center Field Station...Marble Mountain & Wilmington Trail up) .... then the Whiteface Landing/Connery Pond Trail down. First part of trail up seemed steepest and most arduous. Passed two old ski sled huts (I think that's what they were). Stopped at an overlook near Marble Mountain. Up to Overlook Mountain, which I'm thinking from reading that it's either the ski area or the point near Esther). In any event, hit both spots. Up to Esther, the turn has a big cairn and a small sign. It says it's not maintained or marked but very easy to follow in the summer. Quite a bit of mud. Hit the summit (big rectangular summit marker). Down to the junction and up to Whiteface (maintained trail but very few markers). Hit the junction at Veteran's Highway. The highway wall stonework is impressive. Back into the woods, beautiful approach to the summit with the ASRC Whiteface Mountain Field Station in constant view, trail lined with mountain laurel. Busy summit with a few familiar hikers seen along the way; many drive-uppers. The trail down via Whiteface Landing/Connery pond was more challenging with huge boulders to scramble down and cairns to follow for about a mile or so and a section with a slippery slide. Led to the landing, featuring a dock accessing Lake Placid, then to a nice camping area with a lean to. A bit further is one view of Connery Pond but not the greatest view. At the end is Connery Pond, is the Connery Pond access trail (very short)...the one you're looking for...big wide view of the Whiteface area. You can also drive to this from Connery Pond road.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Hut Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Low Clouds
More extra warm than "pleasant"
Ascent Part of Trip: lookout/esther/whiteface

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Lookout Mountain2019-06-28 
2Esther Mountain2019-06-28 
3Whiteface Mountain2019-06-28 

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