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The Adirondack High Peaks offer some of the most stunning and challenging hikes in the Northeast, and Gothics Mountain is no exception. Located in the heart of the Adirondack Park, Gothics is known for its sweeping views of the surrounding wilderness and its rugged, rocky terrain. Hiking Gothics can be a thrilling and rewarding experience, but it’s important to be prepared for the challenging terrain and changing weather conditions.
Other nearby peaks that can be hiked at the same time as Gothics include Armstrong Mountain, Upper Wolfjaw Mountain, and Sawteeth Mountain. These peaks offer additional challenges and stunning views of the Adirondacks.
2. Getting There
Gothics Mountain can be accessed from two main trailheads: the St. Huberts parking area and the Ausable Club. The St. Huberts parking area is located on Route 73, about 5 miles west of the junction with Route 9N. The Ausable Club is located in Keene Valley and requires a reservation to park.
The St. Huberts trailhead is a popular starting point for the hike and offers several different routes to the summit, including the famous “Gothics Loop” which takes hikers over several other high peaks in the area. The Ausable Club trailhead is less crowded but requires a longer approach to the peak.
3. The Hike
The hike to the summit of Gothics is a challenging but rewarding experience. The trail is steep and rocky in places, with several sections that require scrambling over boulders and negotiating narrow ledges. Hikers should be prepared for a long day on the trail, as the hike is around 12 miles round-trip with an elevation gain of over 3,000 feet.
On the way to the summit, hikers will pass through beautiful forests and alpine meadows, with stunning views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. Wildlife is abundant in the area, with sightings of moose, deer, and black bears not uncommon. The alpine vegetation on the summit of Gothics is also a unique and fascinating sight, with a variety of rare plants and flowers that have adapted to the harsh, windy conditions.
4. Safety Tips
- Research the trail and weather conditions before heading out
- Bring plenty of water and food, as well as appropriate hiking gear
- Wear sturdy hiking boots with good ankle support
- Be aware of your surroundings and watch your footing on steep or rocky sections of the trail
- Carry a map and compass or GPS device
- Let someone know your hiking plans, including your expected return time
- Carry a first aid kit and know how