All scenic riders may enjoy self-guided hikes available in both the Base Area and Bear Mountain Summit at the top of the Northwoods Gondola. These "eco-loops" are designed for approximately a 30-min walk, and offer interpretive signage to keep you on track, as well as some education if you're interested!
GUIDED HIKING EXCURSIONS
Ask about our new guided hiking opportunities! Accompany one of our knowledgeable mountain hosts on these longer excursions that will take you over multiple peaks of the Gore Mountain Range. Hikes are 2-3 hours in length. Bottled water and ClifBar included! One of the following four hikes is available any day the Northwoods Gondola is open; reservations are required.
Please meet your host at 11:45am at the base of the Northwoods Gondola. Hikes will depart at noon from the summit of Bear Mountain (located at the top of the gondola). You must have: good hiking shoes (no sandals or flip-flops!) and plenty of water. Remember your prescriptions or allergy medicines if needed. Sunscreen, insect repellant, and the appropriate layers are also recommended. If you're going on an excursion, you need to be in good physical condition; our guided hikes are moderate to strenuous.
1) Burnt Ridge Tour – Tackle two mountains in one day! Take the gondola to the summit of Bear Mountain, and then traverse over to another peak in the Gore Range, Burnt Ridge! The great cliff top views, glacial erratics, unique geology, and varied forest types in this area make for memorable photos and a true wilderness experience.
2) Bear Mountain Discovery – Explore areas like the historic gondola midstation, a timeline of nature’s reclamation of beaver dams, bear trees, a variety of ecosystems, and the water-view panoramics of the Topridge Area on this sunny southeast hike! Off the beaten path, this walk offers the best opportunity to see wildlife, but unfortunately there are no guarantees!
3) Colvin’s Summit View - Head from the top of Bear Mountain to find the true summit of Gore, something that challenged the Adirondacks’ earliest surveyors and still challenges the USGS. Find Verplanck Colvin’s rare survey rings, still in place from the late 1800’s. This hike is the best, most scenic way to understand the multiple peaks of Gore Mountain’s vast layout. After taking in Gore’s signature view atop the Cloud trail, make your way back to the gondola for a relaxing ride down.
4) Gore’s Northern Frontier – Help us celebrate Gore Mountain’s recent Interconnect with the Historic North Creek Ski Bowl while you explore the North Creek Reservoir, Rabbit Pond, and the pipeline to the base of Little Gore Mountain. Waterfalls, beaver ponds, very interesting geology and plant life, and much more await. Return shuttle service from the Ski Bowl provided.