4,240 feet | ranked 28/46 in height | 9th peak climbed (repeat)
Whiteface and Esther are the northern-most of the Adirondack high peaks, set well apart from the rest. Due to that separation, Whiteface is easy to identify from a distance, especially given the distinctive slides, ski slopes, and castle-like structure perched up top. On the Saturday morning of our climb, we picked it out on the drive to the trailhead without those giveaway landmarks: it was the one entirely ensconced in clouds. My companion for this hike was my sister, Erin. We parked at the ASRC just after 8 am, and after a few minutes of last minute gear shuffling, we set off.