First we summited to the very top of Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks. Now we must carefully go down the steep and rocky path. It seemed far harder going down as you looked directly off the cliffs to either side. This section was unusual with a few stairs to help out. You are walking in the narrow rocky ridge that runs from one peak to the next.
We are at Whiteface Mountain just North East of Lake Placid in the Northern Adirondacks. You can access Whiteface Mountain by going up the cable cars to semi near the top, or drive to the other side of the mountain to a paid access road. This road is long and winding with great views of the countryside as you drive up. It stops almost above the tree line and you park. In the past you could go deep in a tunnel and up an elevator to the peak and weather station. The elevator had been down for a long time, so the only way up to the top summit is to walk and climb.
The trail starts up with rocky stairs to lull you into thinking it is easy, but then quickly giving way to huge granite boulders and a steep path. The trail goes right along a top ridge line falling steeply away on either side. They have put steel railings on both sides to keep people in and it was quite a thrilling hike.
When visiting the Adirondacks in upstste New York, you should really try to hike to the tops of some of the major peaks. With this in mind we decided to hike to the top of, or summit, Whiteface Mountain that is nearly 5,000 feet in elevation. Fortunately they have an entrance road so you can drive a small portion of the way up (99%). But then you have to get out of the car and hike the last 250 feet up all on your own! (Only because the elevator was broken). I am now one of the proud few who have summited Whiteface Mountain.
Here is the entrance to the road that leads you up to the top. A nice “Swiss Chalet” style building welcoming you to the long road up.