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Old 10-28-2017, 10:07 AM   #1
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Esther in winter question

Just wondering if anyone knows if the Atmospheric Center in Wilmington is accessible in winter, to get to the trailhead for Esther/Whiteface?
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Old 10-28-2017, 10:36 AM   #2
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yes, I've done it from there a couple times in winter and it was plowed.
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Old 10-28-2017, 10:36 AM   #3
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Old 10-28-2017, 10:42 AM   #4
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The ASRC is operational year-round. You can definitely start from the ASRC trailhead in winter.

http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=4...85770&layers=N


Summit of Whiteface, December 2016.


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Old 10-29-2017, 09:56 AM   #5
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Thanks to all for the replies.
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Old 10-30-2017, 03:03 PM   #6
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Just a heads-up, lots if spruce trips on Esther.
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Old 10-30-2017, 05:03 PM   #7
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Just a heads-up, lots if spruce trips on Esther.
I think that's a "YMMV" situation ... like after a very heavy snowfall when following the unmarked trail becomes challenging and you stray off-trail into the snowy firs. Of course, that true for all peaks with unmarked trails (even some with markers).

Typically, Esther gets a lot of traffic and its path is a highly-visible groove through the woods. That's pretty much what I've seen the three times in winter I've been there (in January, February, and March).

Basically, most peaks, immediately after a heavy snowfall, become more challenging for both travel and navigation.
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Oddly enough, this was actually my very first High Peak...Esther in January. I hiked it with one of the guided ADK trips, and we started from the ASRC.
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A little off-topic but I did a winter bushwhack of Esther with an imaginary friend named Lester. Here is the report of that unusual experience.
http://www.adkhighpeaks.com/forums/f...er-with-lester
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A little off-topic but I did a winter bushwhack of Esther with an imaginary friend named Lester. Here is the report of that unusual experience.
http://www.adkhighpeaks.com/forums/f...er-with-lester
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Oddly enough, this was actually my very first High Peak...Esther in January. I hiked it with one of the guided ADK trips, and we started from the ASRC.
Always interesting coincidences. Ellen and I finished on Esther back in 86.
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