Whiteface Mountain is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4,865ft (1.483m) above the sea level, located in the Adirondack Mountains, in New York.
The road to the summit is asphalted. It’s called New York State Route 431 (NY 431) but also known as Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway. It’s an eight-mile climb from the crossroads in Wilmington ascending to the summit of the fifth highest mountain in the Adirondacks. The grade is sturdy right from the start.
The road is 7.96 mi (12.81 km) long. It was built in 1932 and has an impressively steep 8% average grade. It begins at an intersection with NY 86 in Wilmington at an elevation of 1,040 feet above the sea level, and finishes at 3,566 feet above the sea level. The climb ends where the road dead-ends at the upper end of the parking lot, from where you can hike or take an elevator to the very top of the mountain.
The road is open during June, July, August, September and October. The last five miles are the most spectacular as the road winds upward through a changing forest and an alpine summit environment. After three miles and a toll booth, the grade averages ten percent for three miles.