Our group of eight met at 6:45 AM at the Charlotte ferry to begin our trip to the Marble Mountain Trailhead for an ascent of Whiteface. We arrived at the trailhead around 8:30 and began our ascent.
For November, the weather was unseasonably warm with temperatures in the 60s and 70s which meant it was to be a sweaty ascent.
We made our way up the straight line trail to Marble Mountain before continuing on to the Wilmington Trail (on our way to the 4867 foot summit). We stopped briefly at the intersection with the toll road to consider layering up before the final summit push, but the wind was moderate and the temperatures warm so we decided to just continue on. Just short of the summit we stopped to put on some wind gear before stepping up to the summit marker for some photos. With the wind moderate in our location, we enjoyed some lunch and conversation. Views were intermittent with the clouds moving in and out and the wind doing much the same.
We decided to make our way to the auto road to make a loop of the summit portion of the hike. As soon as we made our way around the buildings on the summit the wind picked up dramatically and made for a challenging (and slippery) descent to the road where the wind was eventually broken. We continued on the road and eventually regained the trail for our final descent. We continued down the trail we had ascended back to our cars, made our way to the Essex, NY ferry and eventually back to the Charlotte ferry lot where we departed. Total distance of 7.8 miles with an outing time of 5:45.
Participants: Marta Parys, Liana Edwards, Julie Cimonetti, Andrew Chalnick, Laura Gates, Brian Verville, Sophia Kristelle and Chris Luczynski (leader).