Backpacker Magazine Adirondack Park: Gothics Mountain 

Test your legs and vertigo tolerance on this rugged, 11.8-mile out-and-back to a pinnacle of steep, weathered rock in Adirondack Park.

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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 14 Feb 2006 4:53:46 PM
Activity: Hiking
State: New York (NY)
Distance: 5.88 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 4145 ft
Total Loss: 708 ft
Net Change: 3437 ft
Difficulty: 7 / 10
Tags: Adirondack Mountains, Adirondack Park, Keene Valley, New York, out-and-back
Rating:   3 rating(s) Rate it

TO TRAILHEAD: Follow I-87 N to exit 30 to NY 73 N; travel 5.9 mi. to parking lot on L side of road.

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Distance: 5.88 mi Points: 1184
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Points of Interest


Location: 44.149681, -73.768066
From lot, begin hiking W on dirt road


Location: 44.149616, -73.774849
Continue past golf course on R, then bear L @ tennis courts before passing Ausable Clubhouse, built 1890


Location: 44.149921, -73.781616
Official trailhead: register before and after hiking


Location: 44.142231, -73.792587
Continue SW through rich second-growth


Location: 44.131279, -73.807014
Turn R @ sign for Gothics, begin hiking on foot trail


Location: 44.129807, -73.814911
Bear L @ Y


Location: 44.128963, -73.815865
Turn R; follow Gothics sign; cross footbridge over Ausable River. Don't miss: Go R after bridge, walk 200 yds. to Beaver Meadow Falls, a 60-ft. bridal veil pouring over sheer, chocolate-colored slabs


Location: 44.130753, -73.820282
Slight L @ Y following Gothics sign; continue on mild grade


Location: 44.130753, -73.845871
Split Rock, two massive rock slabs delicately balanced in the shape of a ravenous whale?s mouth, sits to the N


Location: 44.130390, -73.850502
Clamber up series of 3 wooden ladders; L @ T. Exposed E face of Gothics emerges; this steep, slab-rock summit is clearly different from the gentle crests of other Adirondacks peaks


Location: 44.127464, -73.857796
Gothics Mtn. (4,736 ft.), 10th highest Adirondack peak. Enjoy views of cirque connecting to Panther Peak, and landscape of 30+ peaks including Armstrong, Marcy, and Saddleback


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