Hiked in from the Atmospheric Research Center, uneventful and mostly dry to the Esther junction, the trail to Esther was easy to follow, encountered a few small patches of snow and some muddy/wet conditions, but not too bad. Saw some snow (small amount) on the trail to Whiteface, mostly past where the trail goes along the road, we carried Stabilicers, but never bothered to put them on.