There are 46 peaks over 4000 feet in the adirondaks and if you get them all you get a patch.
Trail for Esther Mountain is 9.4 miles long
Esther is number twenty-eight in order of magnitude in the Adirondacks, it also is the most northerly of the major Adirondack peaks. Like Whiteface Ester is of a different composition than the other High Peaks. It is another anorthosite incursion of newer rock, rather than the ancient Precambrian igneous and metamorphic Canadian Shield rock that makes up most of the High Peaks area.
Esther like Whiteface is atypical of the High Peak area in that is still shows signs of recent Alpine Glaciation. There are three distinct arêtes all of which can be made out from ground level and even one is fun to walk along. “Ahhh if only it was another 3 of 4 thousand meters higher I would be so happy.” The views are not as impressive as Whiteface since it stands in the way but one does get a good look at the Great Range and an impressive close up look at Whiteface.
The plan is to drive up Friday night and stay at a cheap hotel or hostel. If there is enough interest we could look into chipping in on a house for the weekend for real comfort.
More details to come...