Roaring Brook

Gore Mountain

Should I keep posting the fire towers or is it getting old? I can post once a week until I covered all towers I gained access to. Or I can just wrap this up. Comment and let me know.
Even Gore Mountain has a fire tower. Gore Mountain is a ski resort. The summit is 3583 Ft. in Elevation. Very important! The hiking trail to the summit, called the Schaefer trail, has been moved recently. Directions from many Adirondack hiking books are now out of date due to this new development. I found this out the hard way. To get there, pick up route 8 and drive east towards Wevertown. Before Wevertown is Bakers Mills. Look for Peaceful Valley Rd. after passing through Bakers Mills. Gore Mountain is up that Road. There will be signs. The access Rd. for the resort is on the left off Peaceful Valley Rd. Pass that and keep going up Peaceful Valley Road until route 28 is reached. Make a left towards North Creek. If you missed Peaceful Valley Rd. just go to Wevertown and turn left on route 28.While Driving into North Creek, look for Ski Bowl Rd. on the left. There should be signs indicating the Schaefer Trail. Ski Bowl Rd. loops around back to 28. Make sure you’re not at the end with the Health Center. Make a left on to Ski Bowl Rd once first seen with. Make another left following the trail signs. This should bring you to a large parking area at a swimming area. The trail head is on the right and is marked.
On December 29th I found the New Schaefer Trail. The trail starts out climbing to a road. The trail crosses the road and leads to the register. At the register I notice a large field on the right. From the register the blue marked Schaefer Trail begins leading into the woods. Along the way I noticed the field was sloping upward while the trail was level in a stream bed. Soon the trail turns south along the side of the mountain passing through many stream beds along the way. The trail eventually begins to climb moderately as it approaches a gorge where Roaring Brook flows. This begins the Roaring Brook Climb.
I have covered many Fire Tower Mountain Trails in the Adirondacks. I haven’t seen anything quite like this. As the trail begins to follow Roaring Brook, I was surprised on how deep the gorge was. I mean I didn’t expect it. The trail follows Roaring Brook up the north side of Gore Mountain. At first I followed it along the edge, but then it began to drop down to the Brook and back out again several times. It always stayed on the right side of Roaring Brook. During this stage of the hike I was treated to many waterfalls. Care was needed here. The trail markers were tricky to follow sometimes. The trail wound in and out of the brook several times, sometimes climbing steeply along slippery edges. I had to pay attention to where I was going. It was quite an adventure. Eventually a bridge was approached carrying a service road or ski trail over the Brook. I lost the trail markers here, because they seem to stop. I figured out I had to go under the bridge to find the next marker still on the right side of the brook. I could have also just crossed the road. The trail continued its erratic climb until another bridge was passed. After that The climb lessened to a slight grade and the trail was more direct. On my left I could see part of the mountain ridge and could hear the humming of machinery. I was close to something.
A few days earlier I was exploring the ski bowl area and heard a thunderous sound that seemed to shake the forest. I didn’t know what it was. Then I read about possible blasting during new construction on Gore Mountain. Or maybe it was from the Barton Mines. I’m not sure.
Continuing up Roaring Brook I came across a dam with a reservoir. The trail passed the dam and made a right turn away from the ridge. This got me nervous, because the trail was now taking me away from the summit. I held faith on the trail and it brought me to an intersection with a red marked trail. The blue marked trail made a swift turn to the left and wound around the reservoir back toward Gore.
After passing the reservoir I noticed I was climbing slowly up a valley. I called this the high valley section. This was the upper portion of Roaring Brook and it swings around the back side of Gore Mountain. Soon I passed a corridor of power lines and continued to see a ridge on my left. The gradual climbing continued for awhile until it broke out in a boggy area. I noticed that there were lesser peaks of Gore all around me. The true summit was directly ahead. Here the trail turns left finally up the ridge. The climb becomes moderate and for brief moments is steep. First a ski trail was crossed then a second until finally the Schaefer Trail broke out permanently on a road/ski trail.
The climb still wasn’t over. I had to follow very carefully up the road straight ahead. It was very treacherous so it was slow going. I’m not familiar with the names of the ski trails, but I noticed several signs indicating I was on the cloud trails. I climbed up until I reached an intersection which appeared to be a col in the Mountain. I made the right turn and continued winding up what appeared to be the summit and tried to follow the gondolas. Along the way I noticed a sign saying Santonani. What? Then I looked over and saw a spectacular view of the high peaks. That was unexpected.
When I reached the summit it looked like a picnic area and there was warming hut. A short distance away was the fire tower. It looks like a communications tower, but it is the fire tower. Mounted on were several microwave dishes. The bottom stair case had an orange barrier around it advising hikers to not enter. What was interesting was the Warren County Sheriff’s Office was right beside the tower. There was also a large communication tower. Further off was a trail to the Barton Mine area where garnets are mined. That was posted. Bottom Line there is a lot to this mountain. It’s not just a ski slope.
The view was spectacular, looking toward the high peaks. I’m becoming more familiar with the high peaks. They are the peaks above 4,000 feet with four exceptions. The great range from, Mount Marcy to the Wolf Jaws, where in plain sight. The Dix Range was also prominent toward the right. Hough (pronounced Huff) always looks jagged between Macomb and Dix. The rock slide on Macomb makes it look like it’s wearing a tie. I believe I saw Vanderwhacker in front of the Santanoni Range. Looking down on the ski slopes, I noticed a lodge on a lesser peak. Man, I got to return to see more of this mountain. The views toward the south and west were obstructed by trees. It’s too bad the tower wasn’t open. I did see Blue Mountain through some breaks in the trees. I also noticed Crane Mountain down a ski trail from the warming hut. Once, it had fire tower.
The original trail ascended 2,500 feet to get here and was a 4.5 mile hike. This hike seemed close to that or possibly harder. Coming back down, be careful with the section that pulls away from Roaring Brook. Here a deceptive trail continues straight while the Schaefer Trail turns left. I missed that turn and wound up in an open area and had to double back.

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rudy says ... on Tuesday, Jan 21 at 3:42 AM

I thought I was climbing the Mt, myself ,I could actually see it,the area around roaring brook, made me start breathing heavier,I was there watching for the markers,afraid I'd miss one,literally I've already went up Schaefer' s trail.great writing!

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