Ascent of Hunter Mountain on 2013-05-05

Climber: Stewart McGuire

Others in Party:Peggy McGuire
Kimberly McGuire
Date:Sunday, May 5, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hunter Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4040 ft / 1231 m

Ascent Trip Report

Got to trailhead around 10am. Started up the forest road and soon realized that the trip up was going to be slow due to it being our first major hike of the season! Our muscles were screaming!!! Got to the col between Hunter and Rusk by 11am. The next part was by far the hardest part of the trip (steepest) but it was still just a forest road that had been maintained well due to its use as a bridle trail. When we were stopped at the spring on the way up a group of 10 horses caught up with us along with a group of backpackers. After letting the horses go past us, we continued up. Once we reached the lean-to it was MUCH easier from there. It was really interesting to see how the forest changed at the upper elevations. At the bottom and all the way to the notch and beyond was almost exclusively deciduous forest. Once we reached the top of the ridge, the forest turned to mostly evergreen and smelled wonderful! The shade was very welcome as well! We reached the summit around 1pm or so and the horses and riders were still there. This was our first peak in the Catskills that had a fire tower on the summit! I was bummed that the tower was locked though. I was able to climb the stairs and got some great views and pictures but I could not enter the room at the top of the tower. The trip down was mostly uneventful being able to move much faster. I did slip on the loose gravel on the forest road in a couple places but without any serious injuries. We got back to our car around 4:30 pm.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2100 ft / 640 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route:Blue blazed trail (forest road) all the way
    Trailhead:Spruceton Rd Trailhead near Hunter Brook  1940 ft / 591 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 

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