Ascent of Hunter Mountain on 2016-01-15

Climber: Brian Nentwick

Date:Friday, January 15, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hunter Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4040 ft / 1231 m

Ascent Trip Report

Nice Hike. No views from the actual peak. You need to take the almost perfectly level trail over to a clearing where there is a fire tower that can be ascended to get some great views of the other area peaks. The weather this day hovered at just around freezing to just above freezing. The trail below 3500 feet as soft pack snow. We wore microspikes for the scent and since there wasn't a lot of snow, we dealt with a lot of snow balls forming on the spikes and picking up leaves from the trail. Above 3500 feet there was a persistent layer of ice under the snow which was very slippery. This would have been very challenging without the spikes. Still and all, this trail was signficantly easier than an Adirondack peak as these was virtually no rework and the stones in the trail were generally small and easily negotiated (unlike the bowling ball sized rocks you typically hike on in the ADKs) The peak was comfortable because the trees broke the wind. The area around the fire tower was very chilly due to the wind. We did take advantage of adirondack butt sliding techniques to descend the first 500-600 feet where the trail was slippery. After that, It was a very easy hike.
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