Ascent of Hunter Mountain-Southwest Peak on 2012-02-19

Climber: Brian Lubbert

Date:Sunday, February 19, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hunter Mountain-Southwest Peak
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3740 ft / 1139 m

Ascent Trip Report

After climbing Rusk we bushwacked to the col west of Hunter and made the climb to the tower following the Spruceton blue trail. We descended Hunter and made our way to the shelter on the Yellow Hunter Mountain trail to a point just east of the Hunter Mountain Southwest peak. Until this time we say two people on the hike from Rusk. We spotted about 20+ hikers on the un-maintained trail that leads to Southwest Hunter Mountain. The "bushwack" seemed like a highway today. We bagged our third peak and descended to the car following the Devil's Path and Diamond Notch trails.

The peak was snow covered in 6-10 inches of snwo but the trail was compacted snow.

Trails were snow covered. The crampons helped in placed but we used microspikes below 3000 feet as the snow was <2" deep there.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:450 ft / 137 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1740 ft / 529 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.4 mi / 7.1 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:450 ft / 137 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 250 ft / 76 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:Devil's Path and un-maintained trail
    Start Trailhead:Devil's Acre Shelter  3490 ft / 1063 m
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1540 ft / 469 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:un-maintained trail Devil's path and Diamond notch
    End Trailhead:Sprucetown Road parking  2200 ft / 670 m
    Time:3 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: Rusk, Hunter, Leavitt (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Rusk Mountain2012-02-19 a1880 ft / 573 m
2Hunter Mountain2012-02-19 b1330 ft / 405 m
3Hunter Mountain-Southwest Peak2012-02-19 c450 ft / 137 m
Total Trip Gain: 3660 ft / 1115 m    Total Trip Loss: 3620 ft / 1103 m

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