Date: 2nd Week of October, 2009
Group size: 5
Area: Hunter Mountain Fire Tower, NY
The original plan was to hike Mt. Washington in NH, but we were got this idea at the end of the summer, therefore, we went to hike Hunter Mountain Fire Tower, this place is not as high at Mt. Washington, but at 4060 feet, the hike can be strenuous. We took spruceton trail, after a while we started gaining serious elevation and any casual talk ceased to exist as we were all straining to go uphill. Took a small break at halfway mark. This trail intersects one of the toughest trail in North East i.e, Devil's path, generally it takes 3 days to complete Devil's path, which is on my wish list as well. Once on the summit, the view was breath taking despite the wind, which started howling at us.
Luckily the fire tower was open, the tower is 60' tall so once we climbed into the tower we were at 4100 feet, and had a clear view of the area. Fortunately the tower was not shaking because of winds otherwise, it would have been an awkward situation.
We decided to go to buttermilk fall, but it was already 3 in the afternoon and the most of us were not in the mood of risking a hike in darkness. So the same trail was selected for the decent, we had our lunch a half way mark again and then continued our decent.
All in all a great hike.