|Sep. 1, 2012 (Sat.)
|Elevations: 4867 feet, 4240 feet; Order of Height: 5, 28
|Participants: Andrew Lavigne, Julie Moran, Ann Hitzrot
An unusual twice-in-one-year visit to the summit of Esther and Whiteface mountains, this time on a busy summer weekend.
I was tagging along on one of Julie Moran's trips today. She had originally planned this as a dog group outing, but all of those participants had cancelled, and so it was just myself, Julie, Mike (Julie's lab) and a new hiker from Maine - Ann.
We set up vehicles at the Marble Mountain and Connery Pond Trailheads, and starting hiking from the northern end (the Marble Mountain end) southwards. It was a warm and beautiful late summer day, more than enough to get us sweaty on the ascent up to Marble Mountain.
I hadn't been up Esther in the summer in quite a few years, and was surprised to see all of the pretty extensive trailwork (including a boardwalk) along the herd path. I think we can stop calling it a herd path at this point.
The summit of Whiteface was crowded - expected for a long-weekend summer day - and we were glad to get to the relative solitude of the trail heading south off of Whiteface's summit. We then made a fairly quick descent and hike out, reaching the Connery Pond trailhead almost exactly eight hours after starting out.
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Image Gallery: September 2012 Whiteface-Esther Traverse