Last Sunday called for gorgeous weather, so Paula and I drove north to hike Gore Mountain. I had never been to Gore, to hike or ski, so this was a first for me and I didn’t read any trail reports (sometimes I like to be surprised, fully trusting that Paula wouldn’t put us in a tricky situation). We got to the trailhead shortly after 7AM and got ourselves ready; signed in at 7:30.
It was still in the 30’s when we started but that didn’t stop me from sporting shorts! I knew it would warm up quickly, and I hadn’t hiked in quite a while, so I knew I’d be sweating in no time. The first two miles or so were the most technical, and by technical I mean not bad at all, but you do have to think about some of your steps. But these miles went by quickly because on your left is waterfall after waterfall. So pretty! We stopped a number of times to snap photographs and take it all in.
The trail is gradual and pretty flat and eventually you cross over a ski trail and continue up another (ski) trail to the summit. There was still quite a bit of slippery snow and we were both thankful that we had brought our microspikes. We took our time, soaking in the views and reached the summit shortly after 10:30. We sat at the picnic table in the open sun, enjoyed our sandwiches – I had a mashed chickpea and grated carrot salad on Ezekiel bread – and snapped a couple more photos. FYI there is a fire tower at the peak and it does count toward the challenge, however, they strongly urge you NOT to climb it because it’s loaded with radio equipment = that CAN’T be good for you!
And then the fun part: getting down the ski trail! We both agreed that sitting down and participating in the ADK butt slide would be far better than using our spikes, so Paula unzipped the bottom portion of her pants off, and we both sat down and gave it a go. Unfortunately, the snow was too soft, but I ended up getting some speed on the last down! So much fun! And the pant legs didn’t work by the way – my bottom was soaked! I didn’t mind; the temperature was now in the 70s and I was dry by the time we made it back to the car (shortly after 1:30). It was tempting to stop and sunbathe near the falls, but I had plans for the afternoon. Next time for sure!