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Gore Mountain via Schaefer Trail is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North Creek, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 9.3 mi Elevation gain 2,604 ft Route type Out & Back
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Note: Users have reported that the fire tower at the summit is currently closed. Also, hunting occurs in the area seasonally (October through January) so you may want to wear bright colors if using the trail during this time. This route is a hike up old roads, trails and ski trails to reach the summit. From the trail register the trail skirts the Ski Bowl and then head left into the woods following blue markers along a gentle grade towards Roaring Brook. About 30 minutes or so in you will see Roaring Brook and at about 1.2 miles in you will begin to lose topo as you descend a bit and then very quickly begin to ascend again around a few ledges. In another 0.2 miles you will reach the bridge - just look for the blue markers, you can go under via a rock hop or continue up and cross the ski trail if the water is running high. Soon you will see a wooded summit, this is a false summit. Continue on the Schaefer Trail and take a hard right at the intersection with the red trail. After this you take a small dip but then continue a climb again shortly thereafter. At 3.4 miles you reach the Ives Dam clearing (dry) and the trail turns left, crosses a meadow and here the real "up" begins. You will begin to cross back and forth over the ski trails and have some steep sections to climb until you reach 4.0 miles where the foot trail you have been following will end and you will turn right and follow the wide Lower Cloud ski trail until you reach the service road. The service road will take you the rest of the distance to the summit and the firetower just beyond. This is a developed summit where you can have your lunch at a picnic table.

The trailhead is located within the Johnsburg Town Park in North Creek, on NY Route 28, just 0.2-mile south of the NY Route 28N intersection. Bear left, and find the trailhead near the town beach.

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Jeffrey Schaefer
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Michael Buck
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HikingGreat!Icy

I did this trail when there was snow and ice was on the ground. Microspikes and poles are a must as the trail near the peak was iced over. Loved the trail. The part in the ravine was more technical than the other fire tower hikes I have done. Longer than what is posted on AllTrails as a sign on the trail stated that it was 2.2 miles to the trailhead and 3.6 miles to the peak so 11.6 miles altogether.

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Ashley Pasco
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Interesting for sure!

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M I
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Bill Robertson
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Good Trail, Longer than you think. The trail up the roaring brook will test your endurance a little bit, after that the trail is quite pleasant and gradual. The Top has great views but is a bit of a letdown.

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Jacqueline Ferrand
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WaStrenuous hike, great workout on a warm fall day. Lots of roots and rocks for potential tripping. Trail hard to find near the waterfalls and bridges.

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Paul Bell
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All Trails clocked this at 10.6 miles, round trip. The elevation gain was 2,536 ft (20% of which comes in the last mile to reach the summit). Early in the hike the blue Schaefer Trail is routed close to Roaring Brook, which was quiet today. There’s a little bit scrambling in this area, so keep your eye on the blue blazes. As you approach the first bridge, divert uphill to cross the ski trail. DON’T follow the blazed trail directly through the brook and rock hopping under the bridge. (Even with low water the footing isn’t good.) Most of the Schaefer Trail is steadily uphill, often cut along a pleasant woods path. Eventually you’ll emerge on the gravel ski bowl gravel maintenance road. Ahead of you is slightly more than a mile of uphill work, right through and around the ski lift construction project. Stick with it - - the views are terrific, especially from the Windy Hill-High Peaks Overlook sign. You can use the picnic tables at the summit, but the buildings and chair lifts are out of service. BTW, there is no fire tower on Gore Mountain; only the emergency communications equipment and antennas.

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Daniel Norman
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My girlfriend, our dog, and I did this hike in 4.5 hours including a 30 minute lunch at the summit and an ample amount of water breaks. It’s pretty long but not very technical, only a few rocky areas, and a nice steady incline. Pretty low traffic this time of year and the views are great but the summit is riddled with construction, get your pictures on windy hill looking over to the high peaks.

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Bert W
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Patrick Aveni
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Backpacking

Good hike. Clocked in 11 miles. No views due to clouds. Totally alone midweek. Easy to follow. End is a bit boring on a service road. But good hike overall.

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Mike Gardner
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Holly Davies
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Good, relatively challenging. We went to the very top, exactly 10 miles up and down at 4.2 hours. Views were great at the top, we could see the 46ers in the distance. The trail is really enjoyable up. We hiked on a Friday afternoon and saw no one on the trail which was awesome. We passed through many ski runs and walked along side water falls and rock jumped a bit. A lot of diversity on the walk and it went by quickly because of it. The path was also well defined, you have to follow closely the first two miles because it’s easy to walk off to the waterfalls or rock beds bc there are so many side paths to walk onto them. We felt this the day after, it’s a good work our bc the elevation gain and steep (but short) part at the very end to make it to the top.

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Miralem Basic
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bit long but not as tough as I thought it would be. fairly long great views. fire tower is more of a 5g radiation device.

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James Fidd
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Backpacking

The trail was very adventurous allowing for many styles of hiking included in this one hike. (Rock scramble and ridge type walk along the waterfalls, forest trails and improved road hike.) Rock blasting warning signs at trail sign in and along trail. (No blasting on Saturday) A lot of improvement projects and construction to some of the lifts and rock formation at the summit. Great views and a wonderful hike.

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Gregory Levier
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Don’t do it yet

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nlindor87 User
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The hardest part of the hike was that it was longer, so it tests your stamina. We took the red loop that led to the blue Schaffer trail on the left. There are quite a bit of markers but keep a look out for them bc we got lost a couple times with all the ski trails up there. At the first bridge, we passed underneath instead of scrambling up the rocks on the right. The map does not follow in the river, keep a look out for the markers. There were some trees down on the trail, and it's not as upkept as the other peaks around. The last 0.5 mile or so on the service road is pretty steep and the gravel makes it quite slippery. There's no classic vista views at the top, but there are picnic tables at the gondola site. You've got to explore a bit for a nice view at the top. The distance posted is misleading. We clocked in full trip a bit over 12 miles and it took us 8 hours, including an hour break at the top.

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Brody King
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HikingGreat!

Challenging but not difficult hike. 11 miles round trip. Can go off and hike the rocks through the creek and waterfalls if conditions allow or can stay on the trail. My 8 and 11 year old boys had no trouble hiking this and liked the challenge. Not too buggy until the last mile up within the trees. The service/fire tower road is steep- coming down can be a bit tricky. Great view and overall, a great hike!

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Erin Casey
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Dennis Flynn
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Mike Thompson
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Clocked in at a little bit over 11 miles, but what a payoff! The trail stays in the woods until it turns joins a service road, which was honestly the steepest and toughest part of the hike. While in the woods, there are numerous waterfalls that you walk along, which was my favorite part. I busted ass to the summit, checked out the firetower (which is covered in satellites and miscellaneous equipment), had a good lunch/ summit beer and took in the expansive summit views (fantastic views of the high peaks to the north!), and then pretty much flew down to check out the waterfalls, considering you have under 2 easy miles of hiking back to the trail head from this point (worth spending some time at). I finished in 6 hours or so because I had a couple of lengthy breaks at the summit and along the trail. Hiked it, liked it!

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J D
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HikingGreat!

Don't let the easy trail in beginning think its overall that way. In at mile 1 its a scramble up rocks and to stay on the trail markers- if it looks like a trails then stay on it and look for the blue markers. Once you reach the trail sign that indicates summit is 3.6 miles its fairly easy with few rocks. When the trail ends and the dirt road begins, this is where the hike starts to get steep. Seems every turn on the dirt road the summit was near, this continues for at least mile. Overall 10 miles in 4 hours 30 minutes. I would say as others have indicated, hike is on top end of moderate due to length and steepness at end of hike. Careful with footing on dirt road on way down, bugs not bad on this 85 degree day

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Josh James
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Trail was easy to follow, it was only buggy in some spots, my mileage was 11.6miles in just under 5 hours round trip. It’s a bummer that the firetower is cluttered with satellite dishes, the tower does says it’s closed because of them, not because of COVID-19, but you still could go up.

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Jerrica Paulsen
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It was a long hike - 11.5 miles recorded on my Apple Watch despite the mileage listed here . Not a hard hike in terms of rock scramble or steepness but the distance makes it tough . The hardest part was the steep service road in the sun. Definitely had some nice views of the high peaks near the top. The tower is now used as a satellite but neat to view it. Not one of my favorites but a very well marked trail.

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Britt F
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kinda slow cause birding. difficult trail but worth the view! quarter of the eay up is construction on reservoir so it's kind of loud. would recommend going on weekend

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Emily Gros
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For the more experienced hikers I would say this is on the top end of moderate. The last mile or so is on the service road is the toughest part. It’s worth it. The views are priceless.

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Haley Yohn
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Well maintained trail with a little blow down. View from the top is great but very buggy the whole hike.

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