Wilmington, New York: Whiteface Summit

Built as a tourist attraction in the 1930s. From the parking lot you walk through a tunnel, then ride an elevator 27 stories up inside the mountain to the observation deck, Summit House, and weather station on top. Winds can reach 150 mph, temperature can drop to -45 degrees. Bring a jacket.
Whiteface Memorial Hwy, Wilmington, NY
I-87 exit 34. Drive southwest on Hwy 9N for 16.5 miles. Turn right onto Hwy 86. Drive five miles. Continue on Hwy 431/ Whiteface Memorial Hwy for eight miles (toll road). Road goes up over 2,300 feet and ends at attraction.
Call ahead for weather report. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Whiteface Summit.

Whiteface Summit

Pay admission at the toll gate and drive 2,300 feet up over the next five miles. Once you park at the top, there are two ways to reach the summit: one via a path of somewhat steep stone stairs, other via a tunnel and elevator. Unsurprisingly, the wait for the elevator can be long. On a clear day you can see Lake Placid and much, much more. On a cloudy day you can watch the clouds roll up over the summit.

Definitely bring a jacket because it can be windy and the temperature drops! You can also bike and hike up to the summit.

It is closed to cars in the winter, but you can cross-country ski up if you like a challenge! We always bring family and friends here when they come to visit us.

[Chessie Monks, 07/05/2017]

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