A friend and I hiked two of the Adirondack high peaks today: Whiteface and Esther mountains. The hike was just under 10 miles. This was my first hike since hurting my foot, so I rested more regularly than usual.
I expected Whiteface Mountain to be the lamest of the high peaks. What makes Whiteface unique is the fact that there is a road to the top, so you can expect to see crowds of normal people (whining kids and their miserable whining parents) at the top. I was surprised to discover that it was actually a great hike. The last part of the hike followed a view-laden ridge line for a long way up. The views at the top were some of the best in the Adirondacks. You could see for miles in every direction. There were, of course, hundreds of tourists at the top, so that was not very cool, but all-in-all it was a good mountain to climb. The sound of Harleys sputtering up the hill right next to the trail was annoying, but the fact that it was a ski hill with a road and an elevator to the top in some ways made it fun as something different from the other peaks.