Ascent of Hunter Mountain on 2011-06-18

Climber: Mike Wright

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, June 18, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hunter Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4040 ft / 1231 m

Ascent Trip Report

started from spruceton rd parking at the railhead. started out ahead of a group of 12-15 and raced to be away from them. up hill hiking was easy and i made good time soon out of earshot of the group. it was hot and humid. i reached the leanto and decided to check it out. it was one of the coolest lean-to spots ever. great views above a cliff top looking out onto southwest hunter and westkill. it would be a great place to spend the night when it gets cold. there were tons of biting flies everywhere around the mouth of the shelter presumably from people cooking in the fire ring area. there is also a pit toilet nearby. i hiked up and over to the Colonel's chair and back 2.2mi round-trip. continued on to the top of hunter and the fire tower. continued on to the devils path intersecion and lean-to . from here i began looking for the herd path left to southwest hunter. after discovering the path marked by cairns, i took a bearing and began. on my way i encountered a party of 4 returning from the summit. they had done some bushwhacks and said this was the easiest they'd ever done. the trail was completely defined and i found no difficulties 700m to the left turn 200m up to the summit register. i returned and had some food continued to the next lookout spot and sat for a break and some food. there was a breeze here which kept the black flies a bay. my feet had begun to hurt on this descent and descending was slow going. the trail narrowed a bit by lush folliage and was unrelenting because of the loose rock that was the trail. i came across a pile of bear scat and started to become concerned that i would scare one hiding just out of sight in the lush ferns so i began to make some noise and soon arrived at the diamond notch water fall. very nice about 20ft or so. the trail followed the creek down to the parking area. a total of 11.15 miles and a great hike.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Partly Cloudy
HHH Bugs Black flies
Ascent Part of Trip: Hunter

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Colonels Chair2011-06-18
2Hunter Mountain2011-06-18
3Hunter Mountain-Southwest Peak2011-06-18

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