Ascent of Spruce Mountain on 2010-10-03

Climber: Steve Covell

Date:Sunday, October 3, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Spruce Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2009 ft / 612 m

Ascent Trip Report

There are no views from this summit because the tower is closed (bottom 3 levels of steps removed).

The hike from the TH to the summit was unique to say the least. We followed the red blazed trees for about an hour, through some tricky sections and areas where it was tough to know we were going in the right direction. Near the top, we were still following the red blazes, but by looking at my GPS I felt we were continuing too far north and needed to cut hard to the west. We then bushwhacked for about 30-45 minutes through an awful mess of trees, prickers, sloppy water sometimes over our boots, and had no idea where we were. We didn't find the "SARATOGA Plan" trail until we emerged from the woods and intersected with it about 50 feet from the summit. The summit wasn't worth the climb except for getting another FTC mtn. under our belt. Crazy hike. We descended west on the gravel road completely uninterested in potentially bushwhacking back down the mountain.

I will post my GPS track soon.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack

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