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Known best as a ski resort, Gore Mountain is a fun and moderately challenging climb with beautiful views and varying terrain. The trail will take you along a river, past a waterfall, and out onto open ski trails, all of which make for an interesting hike to the top.
The trail up Gore is somewhat new and is well marked. It begins with an easy ascent towards Roaring Brook, skirting the Ski Bowl on the way. The trail will then travel alongside Roaring Brook for a couple of miles. At this point, it is a gradual climb until you reach the 3.4-mile point at the Ives Dam clearing. The trail will then cross a meadow and begin to climb more steeply. The trail will begin crisscrossing the ski trails until you come to the Lower Cloud ski trail – you will follow this wider ski trail until you come to the service road. The service road will take you the rest of the way to the summit, where you will have an expansive view and the fire tower will be just beyond. The most recent reports say that the fire tower is accessible in the spring through fall, so you can climb the tower for an even better view – although be careful as you may have to avoid some radio and weather equipment on the top. In the winter, the tower is not open to the public.
Follow directions to Gore Mountain Ski Resort in Johnsburg and take the first left after the entrance to get to the parking lot for the trailhead.
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Alyssa Devlin is a freelance writer who grew up hiking and skiing the ‘dacks and is now based in Washington, DC. She spends her days fighting the heat with daydreams of swimming in cool Adirondack lakes. You can find her at alyssadevlin.com.