Hiking Center Overview
Plan to visit our multi-trail network this summer and fall to explore the beautiful Adirondacks in the fresh mountain air. Self-guided hiking opportunities range from interpretive strolls through wooded loops to challenging peak-to-peak quests. Be sure to sign in and out at our Hiking Registry located near the ticketing windows.
2020 Hike & Bike Pass: $89 (2021 pricing and schedule TBA)
Enjoy lift-serviced hiking/downhill mountain biking and unlimited scenic skyrides during scheduled operating hours this summer and fall! Hike & bike passes are non-transferable, for ages 7+, and valid through October 11, 2020.
Start your adventure from the top of our Scenic Skyride or begin hiking right out of the Base Area for an extra uphill challenge. These more difficult hikes range from 30 minutes to 5 hours, with your efforts rewarded by unmatched Adirondack views and the memories made along the way. Combine them all for a full-day trek or explore a different route each time you visit this summer and fall!
Ruby Run Hiking Trail* – This main thoroughfare from the top of the gondola skyride to the mid-mountain Saddle Area is shared by hikers and bikers, offering stunning views to the northeast of the High Peaks and beyond. Use this trail to access Cloud to Gore’s highest peak, Sidewinder (downhill), and the Saddle Area. Trail Rating: More Difficult. Distance: .4 mile one way (.8 mile round trip). Average Hiking Time: 15 minutes one way (30 minutes round trip).
Cloud Hiking Trail* – Access this trail from Ruby Run Hiking Trail, heading west your destination is Gore’s true summit. This challenging adventure rewards both hikers and bikers with exquisite panoramic views of the Adirondack wilderness, mountains, waterways, and forests. Use this independent round-trip hike to access Gore’s highest peak, or continue on Ruby Run (downhill) to the Saddle Area and all other hiking trails in our network. Trail Rating: Most Difficult. Distance: 1.2 miles one way (2.4 miles round trip). Average Hiking Time: 1 hour one way (2 hours round trip).
Sidewinder* – Hikers and bikers can conveniently access the downhill leg of this moderate trek near the unloading platform of AE chairlift skyride and mid-mountain Saddle Area at the base of Ruby Run. Make your way down this winding trail through Gore’s classic Northwoods Area, first on wide-open ski trails and under both skyride lift lines, followed by a trek through the woods where you can discover rugged boulders and flowing steams, ending with an open stroll through the tall grass and wildflowers of Bear Cub Run, the same gentle slope where many of our winter visitors learned to ski or ride. Use this trail for uphill access to Ruby Run and downhill access to Twister Cliffs and Sunway. Trail Rating: More Difficult. Distance: 3.3 miles one way (6.6 miles round trip). Average Hiking Time: 2.5 hours one way (5 hours round trip).
Twister Cliffs – Conveniently access the downhill leg of this moderate and less-traveled hiking trail from the unloading platform of AE chairlift by following the Sidewinder trail downhill. Branch to the left for this short rewarding hike through the woods to the Twister Cliffs Outlook. From the outlook, backtrack to Sidewinder for more intermediate hiking options, or continue downhill on the black diamond Trillium Trek trail to the Base Area. Trail Rating: More Difficult. Distance: .8 mile one way (1.6 miles round trip). Average Hiking Time: 30 minutes one way (1 hour round trip).
Trillium Trek – Explore wilderness portions of Burnt Ridge Mountain’s glacial erratics and scenic views before this trail enters the forest, meandering through The Cirque (the longest ski glades in the Northeast), and exits into the Base Area. Reverse the route for a challenging uphill adventure continuing on Twister Cliffs to the intersection with Sidewinder, near the Saddle Area and top of the Adirondack Express open-air chairlift. Trail Rating: Most Difficult. Distance: 1.5 miles one way (3 miles round trip). Average Hiking Time: 1 hour one way (2.5 hours round trip).
Sunway Hiking Trail – Enjoy the sounds of nature and chance encounters with wildlife on this popular route in and out of the Base Area. As a downhill adventure, this option veers northeast off Sidewinder and continues on a combination of sunny ski slopes and shaded forests for the most direct hiking route back to the Base Area. Or, start your uphill journey here, reversing the route to merge midway up Sidewinder. Trail Rating: More Difficult. Distance: 1.2 miles one way (2.4 miles round-trip). Average Hiking Time: 45 minutes one way (1.5 hours round trip).
Bobcat Loop* – This trail entrance is located near our J-bar and Starting Gate ski slope, on the northeast side of the Base Lodge, opposite the skyrides. Both hikers and bikers are welcome on this short, easier-rated loop through the hardwoods of the Base Area, and it makes for the perfect warmup lap before you embark toward higher elevations within our trail network. Visitors should also check out the Hardwood Forest Loop for a similar trek with interpretive signage. Trail Rating: Easier. Distance: .5 mile loop. Average Hiking Time: 30 minutes.
*Shared trail for downhill mountain biking & hiking, please be aware of bike traffic. Hikers always have the right-of-way.
Our “eco-loops” are designed for approximately a 30-45 minute walk, offering interpretive signage to keep you on track, as well as some education if you’re interested! The Hardwood Forest Loop is located in the Base Area, and the Alpine Sky Loop is at the top of Bear Mountain near where the gondola skyride unloads.
Hardwood Forest Loop* – Take a relaxing stroll through oaks, maples, and birches with interesting signage to keep hikers on track. This is a great warm-up trail for downhill bikers too. Trail Rating: Easier. Distance: .68 mile loop. Average Hiking Time: 45 minutes.
Alpine Sky Loop – Interpretive signage keeps hikers on track as they circle the summit of Bear Mountain with several breathtaking Adirondack vistas including the Fairview observation deck. Trail Rating: Easier. Distance: .36 mile loop. Average Hiking Time: 30 minutes.
Mountaintop Labyrinth -Take a relaxing stroll through our labyrinth, located near the top of the gondola skyride where Alpine Sky Loop interpretive trail meets our black diamond Fairview ski trail. Labyrinths are ancient patterns over 4,000 years old, and walking them has been known to help quiet the mind and offer relaxation, balance, and well-being.
*Shared trail for cross-country mountain biking & hiking, please be aware of bike traffic and disc golf in progress. Hikers always have the right-of-way.