Judging by the weather outside right now, spring feels extremely far away. But it's actually a lot closer than we think! In a couple short months, we'll start seeing snow thawing on the lawns, leaves and flower buds sprouting on the trees, and we'll finally be able to feel the sunshine again.
With this amazing weather comes more opportunities for adventure. If there's one place everyone looking for a new spot to explore should visit it's Whiteface Mountain which lies just across the border from Ontario in Wilmington, New York.
Whiteface Mountain is actually the 5th highest mountain in the US and has one of the most stunning views as well! While it may seem like this would be a feat to complete for a regular, everyday hiker most of the route can be completed by car on the Veteran's Memorial Highway. The highway will take you up to the 4,610 feet mark where the stone stairway starts and visitors can hike the rest of the way to the summit!
The drive itself is about 8 miles long, which is 12 km, and the ridge trail taking you up The Stairway Ridge Trail that's only 0.5 miles the rest of the way to the top!
The staircase was built back in the 1930s which brings a lot of history to the activity. There are viewpoints along the way where you can stop, enjoy the scenery and take pictures, of course!
Once you reach the top you can see views of rolling green hills, river valleys, and even sites of Vermont and Canada in the distance! There are signs along the way that will tell you how far above sea level you are and information about the history.
Check out their website for more information!