Ascent of Rusk Mountain on 2017-01-29
|Others in Party:||Alan Davidson|
|Date:||Sunday, January 29, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-New York|
| Elevation:||3680 ft / 1121 m|
Ascent Trip ReportParked at the larger Spruceton Rd parking lot near road's end. Began heading north on the Spruceton Trail (woods road), and at 0.6 miles, bore northwest off of the trail and bushwhacked the rest of the way up the mountain. There was a good amount of snow, but it was firm, and there was a herd path in the snow for us to follow the entire way.
Many areas in the bushwhack section were steep, which was less a problem on the way up than it was on the way back down. At one point on the descent. our group decided to break from the route we ascended on and took a more circuitous route. This was to pursue a less-steep route, and it worked.
RT hike was 3.3 miles, with about 1:15 to ascend, and 42 mins to descend.
Tempswere 25-30 degrees F for most of the hike.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1604 ft / 488 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||1604 ft / 488 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||3.3 mi / 5.3 km|
| Quality:||8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow Climb|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles, Snowshoes|
| Weather:||Cold, Calm, Partly Cloudy|
| Gain on way in:||1604 ft / 488 m|
| Distance:||1.6 mi / 2.6 km|
| Start Trailhead:||2076 ft / 632 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 14 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||1604 ft / 488 m|
| Distance:||1.7 mi / 2.7 km|
| End Trailhead:||2076 ft / 632 m|
| Time:||0 Hours 43 Minutes|
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