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Ascent of Rusk Mountain on 2012-04-08

Climber: Stewart McGuire

Others in Party:Peggy McGuire
Kimberly McGuire
Date:Sunday, April 8, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Rusk Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3680 ft / 1121 m

Ascent Trip Report

Got to the parking area by 9:30 am. It was cool when we arrived. Headed up the forest road until we reached the col between East Rusk and Hunter. Took a short break here then headed west into the woods and up along the ridge. The hiking wasn't particularly difficult until we reached the summit of East Rusk which was covered in a pine forest that had a lot of underbrush. Once past East Rusk, the going went easier and we were able to follow a herd path from there almost all the way up to the summit of Rusk. After having lunch and signing the log in the canister, we headed back down to the col between Rusk and East Rusk. At that point, we decided to turn right and head on a direct line down the steep side of Rusk for the forest road. We finally reached the forest road and returned to the car about 30 minutes sooner than we would have going back over East Rusk.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1680 ft / 511 m
    Elevation Loss:1680 ft / 511 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Sunny and cool
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1680 ft / 511 m
    Extra Loss:100 ft / 30 m
    Route:Forest road to col, then follow ridge up.
    Trailhead:Parking Lot on Spruceton Rd  2100 ft / 640 m
    Time Up:3 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1580 ft / 481 m
    Route:Down to first col, then turned right straight down
    Trailhead:Parking Lot on Spruceton Rd  2100 ft / 640 m
    Time Down:2 Hours 15 Minutes



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