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Gothics Mountain Hiking Trail Guide: Map, Trail Descriptions, Pictures & More

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The Gothics at 4,736 feet is the tenth highest peak on the Adirondack 46 High Peak list. This hike offers one of the most challenging “climbs” featuring fixed cables as well as ladders at strategic points on the mountain. The bald summit offers incredible 360 degree views of the Adirondack region.

Elevation – 4,736 feet (1443.53 m)
Elevation Gain –  3,500 feet (1066.8 m)
Difficulty – Strenuous
Distance –  6.2 miles one-way (9.98 km)
Duration (book time) – 8 to 10 hours

Trails

Gothics Trail (Primary Trailhead) 

The primary route for Gothics Mountain requires a 6.2 mile, (one-way) hike featuring moderate to steep ascents and declines.  Begin your hike at the St. Huberts parking lot where you will follow along a compact dirt road until reaching pavement. Once you are half a mile from the main parking lot, make a left turn. you will need to turn left and walk in between two tennis courts on Lake Road Way to get to the trailhead. This is is a private property area and no dogs are allowed in the area. Hike for roughly two miles along the dirt access road, until you reach the Gothics Trail. The grades begin gentle and you will cross over a the Ausable River via a bridge. Continue hiking until you reach the bottom of Beaver Meadow Falls. At the base of Beaver Meadow Falls, the trail will  begin to ascend steeply. To the left of the falls, you will climb up a ladder to reach the steeper section. There are multiple series of ladders that ascend a slide where the terrain is extremely steep and rugged. Continue scaling the left side of the trail until you reach the summit of Gothics Mountain with 360 degree views. To descend, simply retrace your steps the way you came until reaching the trailhead parking area where you began. (3,500 feet of elevation gain, 12.4 miles roundtrip, 8 to 10 hours book time)

Gothics via Cable Route

Beginning at The Garden in Keene Valley, this route is a 7.1-mile hike (one way) with varying terrain throughout the hike. After leaving the parking area, keep along the relatively flat path. After you reach a junction with Southside trail, continue straight. You will then see Johns Brook Lodge to your right. Stay to the left of the DEC Interior Outpost, crossing over a bridge and then turn right immediately. Keep hiking until you reach a five-way intersection and continue straight on the Ore Bed Trail. After another mile of hiking, the trail begins to steepen. Once you reach the top of Ore Bed Trail, stay left up the Cable Route. This route is extremely steep and you will be entirely exposed to the elements. There is a coated cable to help with ascent if needed. Continue until you reach the west summit of Gothics. For the true summit, you will need to go a bit further. To descend, simply retrace your steps the way you came until reaching the trailhead parking area where you began. (3,050 feet of elevation gain, 14.2 miles round-trip, 9 hours book time)

Gothics via Pyramid Peak

A 13.1 miles roundtrip hike via Pyramid Peak. Hiking Gothics from the AMR makes it possible to pair the route with Pyramid Peak. Pyramid Peak has some of the best views in the Adirondacks, but it makes the route slightly longer in length. (3,746 feet of elevation gain, 13.1 miles round-trip, 8 to 10 hours book time) 

Trail Map

Gothics Mountain Hiking Trail Guide: Map, Trail Descriptions, Pictures & More

Parking

The primary route begins at the St. Huberts parking lot.

Directions

Take Route 73 from Lake Placid until you reach St. Huberts. Parking is located directly across from the Roaring Brook Falls Trailhead. You will need to enter the private Adirondack Mountain Reserve to reach the trailhead parking area, which may require a small fee to park.

Hiking In Winter

During the winter, Gothics is quite often climbed with Armstrong using the trail from AMR and Beaver Meadow Falls. Be sure to give yourself an extra 2 to 3 hours of hiking time when attempting in winter conditions. Hazards to make note of are deep snowdrifts along the ridge and upon the summit, where whiteout conditions can exist. Check the weather and bring essential gear including snowshoes, foot traction, cold weather gear, goggles, etc.

Weather Forecast

Here is a detailed weather forecast for the next four days:

Lake Placid, NY

Tonight
A slight chance of rain showers before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 56. Southwest wind 7 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tuesday
A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 68. Southwest wind 8 to 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 9pm and 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. Southwest wind 18 to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday
Isolated rain showers between 10am and 2pm, then isolated showers and thunderstorms between 2pm and 3pm, then scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Southwest wind 13 to 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. Southwest wind 16 to 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday
A chance of rain showers before 8am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 63. Southwest wind around 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Thursday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 47. West wind 16 to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Additional Photos

Views From The Gothics

Photo credit – Andy Arthur

Gothics Mountain Views

Photo credit – Wikipedia Commons

Andrea Davis

Andrea Davis

Andrea is a writer, hiker, and adventurer from New England. She enjoys snowboarding, sunrise hikes, winter, night hiking, traveling, and photography.

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