Ascent of West Kill Mountain on 2011-04-09

Climber: Anthony Olivari

Date:Saturday, April 9, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:West Kill Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3880 ft / 1182 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at the end of the Devil’s Path on Spruceton Road and hiked along Spruceton Road to its terminus and the start of the blue blazed Diamond Notch Trail, which I followed to its junction with the Devil’s Path. I put the crampons on at Diamond Notch Falls and ascended to the summit of West Kill, stopping just before the summit to take in the view from Buck Ridge Lookout. It was a beautiful, cloudless day with the temperature around 50°. The view over Hunter and Plateau was gorgeous, with the Black Dome Range visible to the north, and even Windham High Peak visible just to the west of the Camel Hump. Wittenberg, Cornell and Slide could just be made out from the vantage point offered. I met two other 3500 Club aspirants at the lookout. The snow was still several feet deep above 3500’, and I postholed a few times traversing the ridge. Crossed over the western summit and St. Anne’s Peak as I broke the trail towards Mink Hollow. The Ascent down was long and tiring, and much to my surprise the Devil’s Path was very poorly marked in many places past the summit of West Kill towards St. Anne’s Peak. I kept the crampons on until I reached the sharp bend in the Devil’s Path in Mink Hollow. Returned to the car in just over eight hours. Total mileage about 10.5.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2093 ft / 638 m
    Elevation Loss:2093 ft / 638 m
    Distance:10.4 mi / 16.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2093 ft / 638 m
    Distance:5.9 mi / 9.4 km
    Route:Diamond Notch Falls Trail/ Devil's Path
    Trailhead:Devil's Path terminus PA on Spruceton Road  1787 ft / 544 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2093 ft / 638 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.3 km
    Route:Devil's Path
    Trailhead:Devil's Path terminus PA on Spruceton Road  1787 ft / 544 m
Ascent Part of Trip: West Kill

Complete Trip Sequence:
1West Kill Mountain-East Peak2011-04-09 a
2West Kill Mountain2011-04-09 b
3Saint Annes Peak2011-04-09 c

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