Ascent of Gore Mountain on 2010-08-07

Climber: Ben Morrow

Date:Saturday, August 7, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Gore Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3563 ft / 1086 m

Ascent Trip Report

After 2 years, 2 months, and 9 days, approximately 130.8 miles (~7 by bike, the rest on foot), and roughly 67 hours logged on the trails, I have finally finished all 28 peaks in the Fire Tower Challenge of the Glens Falls ADK chapter. And many of these I've spent more time driving to and from the peak that I did on the mountain itself.

This climb almost seemed like a unspectacular end to the challenge for me. After making a wrong turn to get to the trailhead, I ended up at the actual Gore Mt. ski center so I decided to go in and get directions to the start of the Schaefer Trail. That was where I was told that the trail was closed for the summer due to construction and hikers weren't allowed. The woman said that I was more than welcome to hike up the mountain using the ski trails though, so I set out with one of their winter ski map and summer mountain bike map in hand.

I started out on a dirt road, that turned into a large, open grassy ski trail and ended up going back and forth between the two several times during the climb. At one point I was on what seemed like a maintained trail for hikers until that turned back into a dirt road. I've noticed that downhill skiing is one thing and the trail maps are easy to follow in that direction, but when walking UP the mountain, things seem much more confusing. Even with both maps, with most trails on one but not the other, it was tough to get a feel for where I was until I saw distict landmarks like the gondola or one of the lodges. And while it's tough to get "lost" if you're following ski trails to the top, it can be a bit confusing.

Once getting to the summit, the fire tower was covered in communications equipment and there were several maintenance buildings surrounding it, along with another electronics tower. It wasn't quite the site I had been hoping for and you're technically not allowed to climb the tower. There's a small plastic fence blocking the stairs and that won't stop most people, but with all the equipment near the cabin on top, I wasn't interested in going up. I went back to the top of the Cloud Trail where there was a view and had lunch. The walk back was a quick one.

For me, climbing a mountain involves much less man made scenery and I will definitely return to climb Gore again when I can take the Schaefer Trail and I hope that it will be more secluded, more in the woods, and more enjoyable.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2063 ft / 629 m
    Elevation Loss:2063 ft / 629 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2063 ft / 629 m
    Route:Various ski trails from Base Area
    Trailhead:Lodge at Base Area  1500 ft / 457 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2063 ft / 629 m
    Route:Various ski trails to Base Area
    Trailhead:Lodge at Base Area  1500 ft / 457 m

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