Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Russell Mountain: 8/5/19

A fine sunny morning for a bushwhack loop over this nice little (2424 ft.) peak on the north side of Russell Pond, visiting two good viewpoints along the way.

Russell Pond, from the beach by the campground.

Whacked up, steeply at times, through hardwoods. Rocky in places.

Continuing up through spruces, I scrambled onto a ledge I had visited back in 1993, with a bird's-eye view of the pond and a distant view to the south.

Zoom on the pond.

Looking east to the West, Middle and main summits of Mt. Osceola. Breadtray Ridge on the right.

The Sleepers and Mt. Whiteface through Thornton Gap.

Russell Pond from a higher ledge.

The summit register jar, last signed in May by the Teal Goat and Rhonda.

Cables remaining from an observation tower built by the CCC. Two ski trails led to the summit in the late 1930s, and a shelter stood nearby.

On a winter visit in 2006 I found some remains of the shelter.

On that trip I came upon an excellent south-facing clifftop viewpoint along the summit crest. Found it again today.

Nice panorama.

Rugged terrain up here, the first part of the descent was tricky.

I slithered down this spot to get through the cliff band.

From there it was just steep hardwood whacking.

Back to the pond.

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