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Ascent of Gore Mountain on 2010-04-15

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Thursday, April 15, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Gore Mountain
    Location:USA-Vermont
    Elevation:3332 ft / 1015 m

Ascent Trip Report

Easy/moderate trail climb.

From Mont Barnston, west of Lac Lyster in Quebec, I drove/entered the USA at Norton, Vermont, then travelled south on Hwy #114 a short distance to the Gore Mountain TH at the north end of Norton Pond (west side of the mountain).

The trail leaves the TH Parking on Hwy #114, in a southeast direction. The trail was bare and somewhat wet at a number of places except for the last half mile where it was hard packed snow, I postholed a number of times. There were moose tracks and tons of droppings, I scared up a few grouses.
The whole of the mountain is open deciduous forest except for the top part which is open evergreen. I just love being in a deciduous forest this time of the year, the open bare surface reminds one of a woman minus her clothes.

The wooded summit is capped with an abandoned fire-warden's cabin and tower foundations, for views you have to find your way to the summit's perimeter...... 7.6 miles, 4 hours RT.

I drove south to Newport, NH and found a room at Newport Hotel, tomorrow, weather permitting, the plan is to climb Croydon Peak just north of here. The rain started late in the evening as forecasted.

"HOW GLORIOUS A GREETING THE SUN GIVES THE MOUNTAINS."
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2143 ft / 652 m
    Extra Gain:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:7.6 mi / 12.2 km
    Route:west side trail from TH on hwy #114
    Trailhead:TH on hwy #114, N end of Norton Pond  1349 ft / 411 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground



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