Ascent of Gore Mountain on 2018-07-02
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Monday, July 2, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||3332 ft / 1015 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAs it was now later in the morning after driving north along RTE 105 and 114, I was hit by the increasingly suffocating heat and humidity at the Gore Mountain trailhead parking in Norton. I still had plenty of water but I knew this would be a long, difficult hike. There were no other cars parked there, which wasn't surprising. I crossed the road and checked the trail map before taking off along the trail, stopping at the register where I couldn't sign in as the pen just wouldn't work. After that the trail started climbing steadily at an easy to moderate grade.
The footing was excellent and I was maintaining a decent speed. The heat wasn't too bad in the shade the forest canopy provided but I was sweating profusely nonetheless. After some time, the slope lessened, I crossed a small stream at the outlet of a boggy area, and reached the junction for the trail to Middle Mountain. I took a short break to cool down before resuming the hike, going slightly downhill into a shallow valley. At the bottom, I could hear a brook that cascaded loudly up ahead. Following it upriver for a short while, I reached a crossing that was frankly puzzling. A wide pool had formed on a flat sand bed where a large log was lodged on a few boulders. I studied the situation and was able to cross without getting my boots wet, planting my heel on the first rock which was under the cascade, then hopping on the remaining dry boulders.
The trail soon went across old regrown logging ruts where low vegetation was thriving. The herd path was well defined and easy to follow but I waded in waist to chest deep shrubs and ferns. The sun was also beating down on the open areas, making it substantially more uncomfortable. Following a short wooded section, the trail went through a series of sharp bends before emerging at a well defined forest road. I saw the signs on the other side and dove back in the forest, going through the same kind of open and regrown ruts. A few minutes later, I reached and crossed another road.
After that last crossing, the grade picked up and the footing became much better. Contrasting with the logging debris and overgrowth of the middle section, the trail looked like a proper engineered path, complete with stone stairs and drainage bars. I was getting quite winded now and I had to take several breaks. Clearly overheating, I took it easy. At least the forest along the ridge was thick and the shade was more than welcome. When the trail veered east, the slope lessened and it was only a couple minutes until I reached the summit. I took a short break then started downhill. I wanted to be out of the heat as soon as possible.
It went quite well and I was able to go without resting until I hit the forest road where I decided to follow it instead of trudging in the logging ruts. As I expected, I quickly arrived at a junction where I was able to head north. I soon saw I was passing close to the trail before it went through its bends and decided to dive in the forest. I reached another branch and followed it south for a few tens of meters before heading in the woods and spotting the blue flags along the trail. Followed the last section of logging ruts and I was then back at the river crossing. Hopping over was much easier from this side and the slight uphill out of this valley followed.
The flat part to the trail junction was easy and afterwards the descent towards the road was an uneventful slog. I had to take a break somewhere along the way as I was quite tired now but I was still making good speed. A few hundred meters before the end, I crossed a family walking their dog. I expected them to be locals but when I reached the parking, I noticed the Massachusetts plates. They were very far north for a hike on such a hot day!
I gulped down the remainder of the now very warm gatorade in the car and left north along the road to cross the border in Norton/Stanhope, making my way back in Eastman in just under an hour drive.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2102 ft / 640 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||2102 ft / 640 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||7.7 mi / 12.4 km|
| Quality:||8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Weather:||Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy|
| Gain on way in:||2036 ft / 620 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 1970 ft / 600 m; Extra: 66 ft / 20m|
| Loss on way in:||66 ft / 20 m|
| Distance:||3.9 mi / 6.3 km|
| Route:||Gore Mt. trail|
| Start Trailhead:||Gore Mt. trailhead parking 1362 ft / 415 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 51 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||2036 ft / 620 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 1970 ft / 600 m; Extra: 66 ft / 20m|
| Gain on way out:||66 ft / 20 m|
| Distance:||3.8 mi / 6.1 km|
| Route:||Gore Mt. trail|
| End Trailhead:||Gore Mt. trailhead parking 1362 ft / 415 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 16 Minutes|
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