Waterfalls and Views of the High Peaks
Elevation: 3590 ft
Ascent: 2590 ft
Round-Trip Distance: 9.4 miles
Location: North Creek town park off NY Route 28
Region: Central Adirondacks
The new Schaefer Trail, built by Ranger Steve Ovitt, starts at the parking lot for the Town of North Creek’s swimming area. The lower portion of the trail is an easy ascent through the woods towards Roaring Brook, which divides Gore from the mountain that you are on. It is about 0.9 miles over to the top of the bank far above Roaring Brook. The trail then parallels Roaring Brook and its many small waterfalls for much of the way to a crossing point about 2.3 miles further along. After the second bridge (which you don’t cross), it is a pleasant walk on up to the North Creek Reservoir where you will find a nice place for a rest above the pond. Finally, the trail enters the Gore Mountain Ski Area and it continues up and crosses Woodin and finally leaves the woods for good on the maintenance road/ski run called Lower Cloud, not far from the top of the ski run called Little Cloud, then up a steep section to what is called Windy Hill. True to its name, it’s still a pleasant place to rest and enjoy the scenery. Beyond this point, it is obvious that your easiest way to the summit is to continue on this road. The road takes you right past an opening back to the closed fire tower, if that is your destination. You can hike over to the top of the ski runs for views of the High Peaks.
This mountain can be found on the ADK/National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map for the Northville Raquette region (map No. 744).
Have a great hike!