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Ascent of Rusk Mountain on 2015-05-30

Climber: Deb & Rob Osterhoudt

Date:Saturday, May 30, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rusk Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3680 ft / 1121 m

Ascent Trip Report

Enjoyed a great bushwhack up Rusk and then Westkill. Started at the trail head at 7:45 following the wide trail to just before the 90 degree bend and then started our way up the hill. There is a bit f a herdpath here and there but for the most part we just shot a line for the summit and and made our way. LOTS of nettle stings, even through hiking pants! Summit canister is easy to spot - made it to the summit in just under two hours. ~1600" of gain, total RT 3.4 miles.

After Rusk we drove to the next trail head just up the road and started our hike to West kill. Diamond notch falls are about 0.7 miles in (mostly a trail-road to this point) and then the trail begins to get a little steeper for the next 2 miles or so. The last 0.5 miles of the hike is along a relatively flat ridge with a nice viewpoint just before the summit. It was very hot and humid for this 7 mile RT hike which meant the stop at Diamond Notch Falls on the way back down was awesome! ~ 1800' of gain, 7 miles RT.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1697 ft / 517 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Route:hunter trail to bushwack
    Trailhead:parking Spruceton rd  2083 ft / 634 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy
hot and humid
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: Rusk Westkill

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Rusk Mountain2015-05-301697 ft / 517 m
2West Kill Mountain-East Peak2015-05-301690 ft / 515 m
3West Kill Mountain2015-05-30430 ft / 131 m
Total Trip Gain: 3817 ft / 1163 m    Total Trip Loss: 3597 ft / 1096 m



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