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
    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.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2143 ft / 652 m
    Extra Gain:80 ft / 24 m
    Round-Trip 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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