Hunter Mountain Leanto and Trail Work Marathon - September 12, 2010 - Catskill Mountains, NY

On Sunday, September 12, 2010 a number of volunteers from the Catskill 3500 Club and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference along with staff from the NY Department of Environmental Conservation worked on completing the newly built John Robb Leanto, clearing the trail between the summit of Hunter Mountain and the Devil’s Acre Leanto and moving the privy at the Devil’s Acre Leanto. The group broke up into three separate teams, each tackling a different job.

From the start down in Spruceton valley the volunteers loaded in trucks that made their way to the summit. Everyone stopped at the John Robb Leanto on the way up to install some pegs and then one team stayed behind and finished staining the leanto. They spent most of the day getting stain on the leanto and on themselves. By the end, the leanto was completely stained and they were ready to go home and scrub some stain off.

Another team worked from the summit of Hunter Mountain towards the Devil’s Acre Leanto clearing the trail that had become overgrown. The final team made their way down to the Devil’s Acre Leanto. The privy there had filled up and needed to be moved to a new location. A new hole was dug and the old privy building was moved to its new home.

Both team on top of the mountain finished clearing out the trail between the leanto and the summit on the way back. Then the team at the John Robb Leanto was picked up and we headed back down the mountain.

All in all, an amazing amount of work done in a single day by a dedicated group of trail volunteers.

Check out all the photos from the day’s work on Flickr.

John Robb Leanto & Devil's Acre Leanto Maintenance - 9/12/10
John Robb Leanto & Devil's Acre Leanto Maintenance - 9/12/10
John Robb Leanto & Devil's Acre Leanto Maintenance - 9/12/10
John Robb Leanto & Devil's Acre Leanto Maintenance - 9/12/10
John Robb Leanto & Devil's Acre Leanto Maintenance - 9/12/10
John Robb Leanto & Devil's Acre Leanto Maintenance - 9/12/10
John Robb Leanto & Devil's Acre Leanto Maintenance - 9/12/10
John Robb Leanto & Devil's Acre Leanto Maintenance - 9/12/10

I did have some time to enjoy the view on top of Hunter and the overlook at the John Robb leanto (one of my favorites in the area)…

John Robb Leanto & Devil's Acre Leanto Maintenance - 9/12/10

More Volunteer Work in the Catskills
Diamond Notch Leanto Rehabilitation
Privy Building in the Catskills
Rebuilding Hunter Mountain's John Robb Leanto

For More Information
Need a map for the Catskills?  The New York - New Jersey Trail Conference publishes the Catskills Trails Map Set, which is the best set of maps available for hiking in the Catskills. How about a guidebook?  Both AMC and ADK publish Trail Guides to the Catskill Region
Guide to Catskill Trails (Forest Preserve, #8) (The Forest Preserve Series)AMC Catskill Mountain Guide, 2nd: AMC's Comprehensive Guide to Hiking Trails in the Catskills (Appalachian Mountain Club)Catskill Trails

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