Ascent of Hunter Mountain-Southwest Peak on 2011-07-17

Climber: Stewart McGuire

Others in Party:Peggy McGuire
Date:Sunday, July 17, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hunter Mountain-Southwest Peak
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3740 ft / 1139 m

Ascent Trip Report

We ascended Hunter Mountain from the Devil's Tombstone Notch Lake. This was a VERY steep trail up to the junction between the summit trail for Hunter and the trail leading further west along the ridge. By the time we got to the junction, we were hot and tired. We took a long break there, eating part of our lunch before continuing on. We decided to do the Southwest Hunter summit first so we headed west along the ridge trail until we came to the cairn that marked the unmaintained trail out to the summit. This trail follows an old logging railbed that was used to assist in lumber harvesting on the mountain. After about a 1/2 a mile, we turned left and headed steeply up the slope to the summit which was only about 200 feet above us. We found the summit canister and signed the log. We returned to the trail junction and decided that we didn't have enough time to go to the summit of Hunter and get down the mountain before dark (plus we knew we had a 2 hour drive home and didn't want to get home real late). The descent was much quicker than the ascent due to not as many AIR breaks! :-)
Summary Total Data
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear

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