Rebuilding Hunter Mountain's John Robb Leanto

Over the past summer and fall, the Catskill 3500 Club in conjunction with the NYNJTC and with lots of help from the State Department of Environmental Conservation rebuilt the John Robb Leanto on the shoulder of Hunter Mountain along the Spruceton Jeep Road Trail. The original leanto burned several years ago because of careless campers. The new leanto was located on the opposite side of the trail, quite a distance off into the woods. The leanto site is amazing with incredible views down the Spruceton Valley and up to the summit of Hunter Mountain.

I got to help out with the work, from finding the site through finishing up the leanto. It was a great experience and was a lot of fun. Plus it is always nice to give something back and it's been quite a few years since I was really active in trail maintenance and management efforts. Plus who wants to pass up the chance to drive up Hunter Mountain? It was something I hadn't done since I was an Assistant Forest Ranger in the area.

The entire photo set of the reconstruction can be seen on Flickr here...Leanto Building

Some photos...

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