Whiteface Mountain, New York - Hiking

Whiteface Mountain, New York - Hiking


New York, United States


Overview

Difficulty Very hard
Distance 20 KM
Elevation gain 1,483 M

What are the activities on site?

Hiking


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Why choose this trail?

Whiteface Mountain is the fifth-highest mountain in the U.S. state of New York, and one of the High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains. Set apart from most of the other High Peaks, the summit offers a 360-degree view of the Adirondacks and clear-day glimpses of Vermont and even Canada, where the skyscrapers of Montreal, 80 miles (130 km) away, can be seen on a very clear day. Located in the town of Wilmington, about 13 miles (21 km) from Lake Placid, the mountain's east slope is home to a major ski area which hosted the alpine skiing competitions of the 1980 Winter Olympics. Unique among the High Peaks, Whiteface features a developed summit and seasonal accessibility by motor vehicle. Whiteface Memorial Highway reaches a parking area at an elevation of 4,600 feet (1,400 m), with the remaining 267 feet (81 m) being obtained by tunnel and elevator. Conceived and initiated prior to the Great Depression, Whiteface Castle and the Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway were funded entirely by the state of New York, though the timing of the project led to a widespread belief that they were Depression Era public works projects arising from the New Deal. Construction on the toll road began in 1929, after passage of a necessary amendment to the state constitution, with a groundbreaking ceremony featuring then-New York State Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt. Eventually costing 1.2 million dollars and ending vertically within 300 feet (90 m) of the summit the roadway is 5 miles (8 km) long and features an impressively steep 8% average grade. Officially opened July 20, 1935, in a ceremony featuring Roosevelt, by then President, the highway was dedicated to veterans of the Great War. Whiteface Castle, built with granite excavated during the road construction, dominates the summit area. From the adjacent parking lot there are two routes to the summit proper. The first route is the Stairway Ridge Trail, a footpath with handrails and intermittent cement and stone steps approximately 0.2 miles (0.32 km) long. The second is a 424-foot (129 m) long tunnel into the core of the mountain. At the end of the tunnel is an elevator, which rises 276 feet (84 m), approximately 27 stories, to the summit.




What are the services on site?

No information available


Details

Access fee $ 0.00
Schedule
No information
Coordinates
44.365795 -73.903219

What are the coordinates and address of Whiteface Mountain, New York?

Whiteface Mountain Ski Center
+1 518-946-7175
Whiteface Memorial Hwy, Wilmington, NY 12997, USA

What are the comments and evaluations from the community?

Laura Kiel
Laura Kiel
Very good place. I recommand this place.
7 years ago
Eileen Wendel
Eileen Wendel
Very good place. I recommand this place.
6 years ago
Michaele Jones
Michaele Jones
Very good place. I recommand this place.
6 years ago
Anna Maier
Anna Maier
It's a real pleasure to go there.
5 years ago




Let’s Answer Your Questions - FAQ

What is the level of difficulty of Whiteface Mountain, New York ?

Very hard

What is the elevation of Whiteface Mountain, New York?

1483.00 M

Is the place are families friendly?

No

Is there an information center / service center / reception?

No