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Ascent of Mount Davis on 2012-06-25

Climber: Alan Barber

Date:Monday, June 25, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Davis
    Location:USA-Pennsylvania
    Elevation:3213 ft / 979 m

Ascent Trip Report

Our most excellent adventure (for that is truly what it was) began on Monday June 25, 2012 when we both flew from our home cities to meet at the Pittsburg airport. Mike arrived first, picked up the rental car, and hit the Wal-Mart for supplies. Once I arrived, we loaded up and headed out in our trusty Rav4 rental. The first stop was Mount Davis, the highest point in Pennsylvania.

Driving through Pittsburg we turned east on the PA Turnpike until reaching Somerset where we turned south into what is Pennsylvania Amish country and headed to the high point. We had everything timed out and were hopeful we could stay on schedule, even driving on country roads. The local area seems committed to wind power and several ridges had wind turbines on their crests. We saw several Amish in their distinctive clothing and followed a horse draw cart for a while as we entered Elk Lick Township.

After a little under 2½ hours we arrived at Mount Davis. Mount Davis (near Salisbury) is located in Forbes State Forest in the Negro Mountain area and ranks 33rd among high points.
The signs were easy to follow.
We parked in the lot and found the 0.1 mile Mt. Davis Trail to the High Point. There was no significant vertical gain and we reached the 3123 ft elevation high point without problem. The trees were dense enough that at first it was hard to find the tower and we wandered around a little before seeing some people clustered around a rock in a nearby clearing. That was the high point. We found the battered USGS marker on the top of a large bolder and took some photos. There is a 50 foot high observation tower nearby which we climbed after visiting the high point rock with its USGS marker. The view in all directions was great. The boulder with the United States Geological Survey marker was east of the tower base.

After taking our high point photos, we got back into the car and headed south to Maryland for our second high point of the day. It took another 90 minutes to drive south from Mount Davis into Maryland to Backbone mountain.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear



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