Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Gore Mtn. (3600 Ft)

STATE: New Hampshire
TOWN: Stratford
DESTINATION: Gore Mountain
ELEVATION: 3600 Ft
SUMMIT COORDINATES: N44 46.446, W71 27.911
TRAIL: Logging roads / Bushwhack
DISTANCE: 8.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 1800 Feet
HIKING TIME: 3.5 hours
SEASON: Fall
DATE: October 22, 2016
WEATHER: 50 Degrees, Wet, Drizzle

PARKING: From the junction of route 3 and VT 105 follow Rt. 3 for 3 miles.  Look for the street sign marking Meriden Hill Road on the right (GPS Coordinates N44 46.771, W71 34.995). Follow Meriden Hill road for 1.8 miles to the junction of Brown Road (N44 47.052, W71 33.264).  Turn right on Brown road and follow it 1.5 miles to a Y junction (N44 46.349, W71 32.076).  Take a left on the road less traveled as far as you're comfortable. I parked at a Y intersection 0.25 miles into this road (N44 46.561, W71 31.949). I was not confident in location and unsure if I was on the correct road. In hindsight, one could driven another 0.5 further along the sketchy road however the terrain contains several water-bars with the potential of doing undercarriage damage. I preferred to play it safe and walk the 0.5 miles to the gated Vickie Bunnell preserve sign (N44 46.700, W71 31.479).



Drive time is approximately 3 hours from Manchester.

USGS QUAD: Bunnell Mountain Quad

MAP: (Gore Mountain)


















DESCRIPTION:  From the Bunnell Preserve sign follow the overgrown logging road / unmarked snowmobile corridor 7 for 1.1 miles to a Y junction in the trail. Snowmobile corridor 7 departs right, continue straight (left fork of Y) along the logging road passing a beaver dam and lodge to an open field.  I made the mistake of continuing straight along the left bank of Gore Brook following the town boundary line towards Bunnell / Blue.  I realized my mistake at about 3000 feet elevation and contoured my way into the Blue / Gore col where I encountered the land of endless and relentless Christmas trees.  I fought 100 yards of spruce in 20 minutes before frustration overtook and I decided to descend the shortest and quickest route out of spruce madness. Less than 5 minutes after exiting the spruce and 0.5 miles from the Gore summit I encountered a well trodden herd path leading less than 0.2 miles to the summit.  A short open-woods bushwhack led me to the canister 2 hours and 5 minutes after parking the car.

Descent was much less eventful as I returned to the herd path and descended to an open area. The herd path was severely overgrown and at a 90 degree turn titled open area on the satellite image below and became difficult to locate. I chose to bushwhack through open woods until I picked up a logging road which I followed to the open field and junction at the beaver lodge.



TRAIL DISTANCES:

HIKING DISTANCES
DESTINATION
DISTANCETOTAL DIST.
Parking to Bunnell Preserve sign0.5 miles0.5 miles
Bunnell Preserve to Y junction1.1 miles1.6 miles
Y junction to Beaver Dam Jct0.6 miles2.2 miles
Bushwhack to herd path1.1 miles3.3 miles
Herd Path - summit0.8 miles4.1 miles




HIKING TIMES:

HIKING TIMES
DESTINATION
TIMETOTAL TIME
Parking - Summit2 hours 5 minutes2 hours 5 minutes
Summit - Parking1 hour 30 minutes3 houts 35 minutes







NOTES / COMMENTS:

This hike was a mental stamina struggle. The wet conditions soaked my boots immediately after departing the car and I was drenched from head to toe about 45 minutes into the hike. It was demoralizing to realize I was headed an incorrect direction towards Bunnell and I hit an all time low standing in the land of Christmas trees while chilled to the bone and dripping like a saturated sponge. I was lucky to find a corridor nearby which rejuvenated my spirits allowing me to push on and reach the canister.  Gore is #87 on the list of New Hampshire Hundred highest and other than the summit canister there are no markings at the summit.  There were some directional views from the open areas of the path system.  Unfortunately, I carried my iPhone in the front pocket of my hiking pants and it also became completely saturated. The few pictures I snapped are now located on an inaccessible and non-functioning.

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