On Monday, Tom (BogHollow) and I hiked to Esther and Whiteface from the ASRC. The trail from the parking area to the base of Marble Mountain was fairly dry and free of ice and snow. The route up Marble was a mix of ice, rubble, and running water (much more water when we returned later in the day). We didn't see any other hikers the entire day.
The herd-path to Esther and trail to Whiteface remain covered in corn snow and have a solid snow-spine. We wore spikes all day. Seeing that our snowshoes weren't needed we stashed them at the Wilmington Bend prior to ascending Whiteface.
We hadn't hiked together in over a year so we had a lot of catching up to do. We spent over two hours on the summit, shooting the breeze. The sky may have been cloudy but two hours was plenty of time to develop a sunburn!
The snow was softer during our descent but still dense enough to withstand post-holing (assuming you stayed in the vicinity of the snow-spine). It was comfortably warm upon our return (T-shirt weather) and we toasted the day's end with Tom's premium IPA.
|Tom approaches the Wilmington Bend.|