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HIKING TRAIL NETWORK
Cloud* - From the top of the gondola to Gore’s true summit, this challenging hike rewards you with stunning views of the High Peaks and beyond. Most difficult: 1.19 miles one way (2.38 miles round-trip). Average hike time 1 hour one-way (2 hours round-trip).
Sidewinder* - This main thoroughfare from the top of the gondola skyride to the mid-mountain Saddle area is shared by hikers and bikers, offering exquisite panoramic views of the Adirondacks and beyond. More difficult, Twister Cliffs trail branches off near the Saddle, or continue on to the Sunway hiking trail, both lead back to the Base Area.
Twister Cliffs - Conveniently access the downhill leg of this moderate trek from the unloading platform of AE chairlift or the Sidewinder trail, follow a ridgeline of glacial erratics back to the Base Area. Reverse the route for an uphill adventure. More difficult: 1.59 miles one way (3.18 miles round-trip). Average hike time 2 hours one way (4 hours round-trip).
Sunway - Enjoy the sounds of nature and chance encounters with wildlife on this popular route to the Base Area. More difficult: 2 miles one way (4 miles round-trip). Average hike time 2 hours one way (4 hours round-trip).
Bobcat* – Hike or bike this quick loop through the Base Area forest. Easier: .5 miles round-trip. Average hike time 30 minutes.
INDEPENDENT INTERPRETIVE HIKES
Our "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! The Hardwood Forest Loop is located in the Base Area, and the Alpine Sky Loop is at the top of Bear Mountain near where the gondola unloads.
Hardwood Forest Loop* – Take a relaxing stroll through oaks, maples, and birches with access directly from the Base Area and interesting signage to keep hikers on track. This is a great warm up trail for downhill bikers too. Easier: .68 miles round-trip. Average hike time 45 minutes.
Alpine Sky Loop – Interpretive signage keeps hikers on track as they circle the summit of Bear Mountain with several breathtaking Adirondack vistas including the Fairview observation deck. Easier: .36 miles round-trip. Average hike time 30 minutes.
Mountaintop Labyrinth -Take a relaxing stroll through our labyrinth, located near the top of Bear Mountain where the Alpine Sky Loop interpretive trail intersects Fairview. Labyrinths are ancient patterns over 4,000 years old, and walking them has been known to help quiet the mind and offer relaxation, balance, and well-being.
*Shared trail for downhill mountain biking & hiking, please be aware of bike traffic. Hikers always have the right-of-way.
FREE INTERPRETIVE TALKS
Led by our experienced staff, you'll discuss local vegetation, the history of Gore Mountain, and interesting facts about the surrounding views. Free for all ticketed guests and season passholders. Mountaintop gathering times are 11am and 1pm, every day we're open!
2019 Hike & Bike Pass: $89
Enjoy unlimited mountain biking, self-guided hiking, and scenic skyrides during scheduled operating hours this summer and fall! This pass is non-transferable, for ages 7+, and is valid through October 13, 2019.
Please be sure to sign in and grab a copy of the hiking/biking map from our ticket desk before you head out on the mountain!