Rusk Mountain Bushwack is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near West Kill, New York that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and snowshoeing. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length2.9 miElevation gain1,587 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsSnowshoeingViewsOver grownOff trail
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gopal Subramaniam
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Hiking

Most of the snow has melted giving easy ascent to the peak without the need for microspikes. Watch out for mud and water from the meting snow. Great views as the plants have not yet bloomed.

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Dan Mulqueen
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Backpacking
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Jennie Stokum
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Hiking

Incredibly steep. Incredibly deep snow that kept breaking crust. Thank god for snowshoes. Very slippery in parts. Took over 5 hours

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Aaron Attwater
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Walking
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Mercedes Karabec
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Hiking
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christopher schuss
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Hiking
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Kathy Aman
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George Flavell
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Hiking

Very steep. Difficult to snowshoe with regular snowshoes and only slightly better with micro spikes. Crampons would have been helpful.

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Tracy Little
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Becky Evans
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Hiking

Nice snowshoe trench up to rusk. Temp was around 20 today, no wind, great day for a hike. Although there’s no lookout at the summit, the views of the mountainside coming back down are beautiful.

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nicholas topple
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Hiking

perfect snowshoe day. I was in a bit of a hurry because I had to work this afternoon. luckily there was a well traveled path directly to the summit.

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John Belgiovine
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SnowshoeingGreat!

Well packed trail to summit

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Jane Zalsky
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Ed Lamon
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Hiking

Snow, and slippery trails fun but be careful

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Clifford Ossman
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Hiking
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Stephanie Dworkin
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HikingOff trail

Once I found the herd path, still within sight of the Spruceton Trail, it was easy to follow all the way to the summit, though the ascent is relentless. Leaving the summit is somewhat more confusing as there are several herd paths that converge at the canister. Just about a 2-minute walk southwest of the summit is a great, 100-degree open view to the west and south; accessing that viewpoint requires pushing through dense brush at the top of a small ledge.

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flo alban
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Hiking

great first bushwack

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Tory Franco
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HikingGreat!Off trail

Hike was not very difficult, a good bushwhack to start on. The leaves were a bit tough to navigate through. The dog fell in pile about 2ft deep! Herd path was visible as you approach the ridge. As stated below, no views on this hike. Still a fun morning in the woods!

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Peter Tullio
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Hiking

Surprisingly tough climb. Here path easy enough to follow. Not a whole lot to see. Only do for 3500.

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Alex Feinberg
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Hiking

Really nice late fall hiking once the leaves are off the trees. Although the loose leaves can obscure the path and make parts slippery, the views really open up. We had great views the whole way, except at the actual summit. If you've done all the blazed Catskill 35ers and are a little anxious about the bushwhacks, this is a good one to start with. It's pretty hard to get really lost.

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Bernie Scalzo
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HikingIcyMuddyOff trailRockyScramble

Nice hike. As steep as it is, it did not take too long to complete. Since I do not have much bushwacking experience I was a bit concerned. It is certainly easier with snow since you can really make out the path better from the traffic. There is a beautiful view near the rock scramble right before the summit. Overall, a very nice hike.

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Crystal Davis
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Hiking

Hiked with Dan and Sammy for SSF #15. Went over to East Rust just cuz. A couple inches of wet snow made the hike up a bit slippery at times.

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R K
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Anne Arent
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Hiking

The herd paths were hard to follow at this time of year, but we enjoyed this trail. Not crowded and the ridge line was beautiful despite the lack of views.

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Dr. David Ness
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