Warren County High Point Trip Report
Date: September 10, 2000
Warren County's high point can be pretty easy for a 3600' (3563+ in Andy's book) Adirondack peak. The
secret is to take the ski lift. This will get you within about a half mile and only six hundred feet below the
summit. Even if you choose to walk from the base lodge of the ski center, there are full color glossy maps
provided free of charge to help you find your way. The hard part of climbing this mountain is avoiding
the mountain bikers or, in winter, skiers, hurtling down at you at breakneck speed.
We took the Northwoods Gondola up, which appears to have been installed quite recently and lies between
the two ski lift routes shown on the USGS topo. The scene below the gondola is of recently turned earth,
tree stumps and bulldozer tracks. This lift terminates on the easternmost false summit, at 975 meters.
From there we followed trail #21 up to its well marked intersection with the summit service road, and
hiked that to the summit.
The summit is cluttered with a fire tower, a warming lodge, a radio transmission tower, and assorted
buildings and detritus from the mining, skiing, and electric communications operations that exploit the
mountain. The topo shows a benchmark placed slightly NNW of the fire tower, but I was unable to locate
it. It may have been buried by recent construction activity. The natural high point is a short walk of about
200' NNE through the dense boreal woods surrounding the fire tower clearing. There appears to be an
area on the service road that has been filled in higher than this in order to cover some large pipes.
The weather offered only a hazy view of the surrounding mountains. There are plenty of vistas from the
road and from various ski trails, so the fire tower climb is strictly gratuitous.
There's no point in my giving directions. Check Gore's web site.
It has the trail map, rates and directions. For now, parking is free. Gondola tickets cost $8.00, or you can
climb from the lodge for free along one of the ski trails. Watch out for those bikes, though. As the
gondola only runs on weekends, you will probably have the mountain to yourself during the week. The
summer season on Gore ends after Columbus Day. After that skiing takes over and the rules and rates
change, I imagine.
Author: Dave Galvin