Ascent of Spruce Mountain on 2009-07-05

Climber: Ben Morrow

Date:Sunday, July 5, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Spruce Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2009 ft / 612 m

Ascent Trip Report

The weather had been pretty rainly lately, so when the sun was shining this afternoon, I figured it would be a good time to get in this firetower peak. To get to the trailhead, travel south on 9N out of the town of Corinth. About 1 mile after the second railroad crossing, turn right onto Wells Rd. Follow this road until it ends about 2 miles later in a "T" with Spruce Mountain Rd. Take this right and go up to the dead end in about 0.2 miles. You'll know it's the trailhead parking area when you see the "No Parking, Snowplow Turnaround" sign.

The climb itself was relatively easy with moderate grades and a length of only 1.1 miles one way. However, there are 2 things that make this hike a bit tricky. The first is that there are many old roads and trails intersecting with the main trail. The second is that the main trail is sparsely marked with "Saratoga Plan" trail markers. There were a few small rock cairns along the trail at certain points to assure me I was going in the right direction. As you get close to the top, you sort of come out of the woods and the trail goes through a large open area which was pretty cool. After a few turns in this, the communication towers and then the fire tower come into view. The lowest 3 sets of stairs have been removed from the tower, which is unfortunate because to get a view from the summit, you need to get up the tower. Nice quick hike though for #9 on the Fire Tower Challenge list.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1003 ft / 305 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:Spruce Mountain Trail from Spruce Mountain Rd.
    Trailhead:1006 ft / 306 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail

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