Ascent of Gore Mountain on 2020-11-20
|Date:||Friday, November 20, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New York|
| Elevation:||3563 ft / 1086 m|
Ascent Trip ReportHad to drive a kid to the Albany airport for an early flight so I decided to hike Gore on the way back. Not too motivated at the start since I had to get up at 2:30, but it felt good to get moving. It’s a nice new trail that does a good job of staying in the woods and near a nice stream with some waterfalls even though it’s going right up alongside ski trails most of the way and starts just below a landfill. The first time you can see the summit tower when you are at the snowmaking reservoir, the trail heads off the other direction for some unknown reason. It eventually turns back.
Very easy hiking, mellow terrain almost the entire way. At least until you reach the service road to the summit. That is steep and was completely coated in ice. Lots of construction work going on near the summit. It looks like they are putting in a new chairlift. They’re not going to be ready for this ski season by the looks of it. It took me 2 hours and 18 minutes to the picnic tables outside the summit lodge. It only took an hour and 45 minutes to return to the car. I found that micro-spikes, good on the ice also made it a lot easier to cruise on the slippery leaves that covered the entire path, very stable footing.
At the first bridge where the ski trail crosses the creek And the hiking trail goes above the bridge, I went down the ski trail instead of the DEC trail. I stayed on that until I hopped on a yellow marked mountain bike trail which reconnected with the hiking trail. It was a lot easier on my knees and about the same distance, maybe.2 miles shorter.
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