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Ascent of Hunter Mountain on 2015-07-17

Climber: Dan Quinlan

Others in Party:Gudi Quinlan
Date:Friday, July 17, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hunter Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4040 ft / 1231 m

Ascent Trip Report

July 17, 2015
Hunter Mountain Fire Tower
70 degrees, partly cloudy skies
1:00 pm
Gudi and I are here in the Catskills for the first time. We need to cover a couple of 4,000 footers and some Fire Towers. Hunter actually is both! We started off route 214 on the Becker hollow trail. The trail was pretty rocky but not too steep until the 3,500’ elevation sign. At that point the GPSr showed the tower to be behind us and only 1000’. So now it got pretty steep.
2:15pm
We came to the junction of Becker Hollow Connector trail. The sign had the tower in both directions, via the connector it was 0.35 and the other way it was 0.6 miles. I took the long way and Gudi took the connector.
2:35pm
We arrived at Hunter summit and the tower. This has a great open area, not much for views at ground level, but nice grassy area with picnic table – great place to relax. We met Mark who was the volunteer at the caretaker’s shelter. He and his kids are spending the weekend up at the shelter – pretty cool!
The views from the tower were nice, but I am unfamiliar with the mountains but this tower comes with a map and pointer so I could find the other mountains that are on our weekend plan. Very neat, and helpful for sure!
4:00pm
Back at the car. This is a great hike with a wonderful fire tower and caretaker’s cabin to visit. The trail is ‘rocky’, not big boulders but lots of small like river rocks. Kind of tricky because they move / slide sometimes when you step on them. Just a bit different than what we are used to.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2400 ft / 731 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2400 ft / 731 m
    Distance:4.8 mi / 7.8 km
    Route:Becker Hollow Trail
    Start Trailhead:Off Route 214  1640 ft / 499 m
    Time:3 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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