Ascent of Spy Rock on 2015-03-18

Climber: Jean André Laverdure

Date:Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Spy Rock
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:1463 ft / 445 m

Ascent Trip Report

With melt & freeze weather, I waited for a cold night hoping for hard-packed trails with otherwise strong crusts in remoter areas away from snowmobile packed roads (evidence of deep walking postholes during earlier warm weather), conditions which allowed for mostly quick walking with ski poles and microspikes on, Eagles Cliff offers awesome expansive views from dry rock southwestward even out to NYC spires while Frog Hill looks northeastward down out to the Hudson River, the Chatfield Hill Fire Tower seen from Spy Rock (and earlier, further from Rattlesnake Hill) looks so inviting but reached is closed with its wooden landings and steps looking rotted if intact (lunch on bottom steps), up to what must be enormous guarding views above Black Forest's mid-section.

Rattlesnake Hill = 1:24 min / 2.63 miles
Eagles Cliff = 2:39 / 4.58
Spy Rock = 3:12 / 5.30
Chatfield Hill = 4:11 / 6.89
Frog Hill = 5:06 / 8.25
Trail Head = 6:45 / 11.6
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1053 ft / 320 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1053 ft / 320 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.6 mi / 18.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:828 ft / 252 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 708 ft / 215 m; Extra: 120 ft / 36m
    Loss on way in:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:5.3 mi / 8.5 km
    Route:Red, Blue, Pink, Snowmobile (ST), Scenic & Spy Roc
    Start Trailhead:Reservoir Rd Main Lot   755 ft / 230 m
    Time:3 Hours 12 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:933 ft / 284 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 708 ft / 215 m; Extra: 225 ft / 68m
    Gain on way out:225 ft / 68 m
    Distance:6.3 mi / 10.1 km
    Route:Spy Rock, Scenic, ST, Herd, ST, Pink, Blue & Red T
    End Trailhead:Reservoir Rd Main Lot   755 ft / 230 m
    Time:3 Hours 33 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Spy Rock

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Rattlesnake Hill2015-03-18 a 
2Eagles Cliff2015-03-18 b 
3Spy Rock2015-03-18 c1053 ft / 321 m
4Chatfield Hill2015-03-18 d 
5Frog Hill2015-03-18 e 
Total Trip Gain: 1053 ft / 321 m    Total Trip Loss: 1053 ft / 321 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jean André Laverdure
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