You can visit the summit of Whiteface to see the highest museum exhibit in New York. The picture above shows the opening celebration.
Right next to the platform in the shot, you can see one of the rarest plants in New York. It’s called Boott’s Rattlesnake Root, and it grows on this summit, and few other places in the world. What makes it a wonder? The plant’s forebears were left by the last ice age. They have survived on their tiny island, one of the toughest climates on Earth, for 10,000 years.
How tough? Winter winds rip at up to 148 miles per hour, shredding anything above the wind-packed ice and snow. Temperatures in summer can reach 90 degrees on the surface, and in winter drop to -45. The meager soil is so poor most plants can’t even sprout in it. And it gets worse. In winter, every molecule of water is locked up in ice. The frozen winter summit is a desert as dry as any on earth.
We have rated the trip to the summit and have a little more information here. You can download a brochure about the exhibits on the summit here.