Ascent of Jones Mountain on 2015-12-31

Climber: Brandon Hitz

Others in Party:"Trailhead Tess"
Date:Thursday, December 31, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Jones Mountain
    Elevation:2160 ft / 658 m

Ascent Trip Report

The following ascent was completed by "Highpoint Hitz" and "Trailhead Tess".

We found the three high point candidates for Union County.

Most of the directions came from Michael Schwartz.

Paddy Mountain:
1. From the junction of PA 45 and PA 245,zero your trip odometer and go west 2.9 miles to turn left onto Bear Run Road.
2. Reach T-intersection at 6.2 miles and turn left onto Cherry Run Road.
3. At 7.1 miles, turn sharply left onto Paddy Mountain Road, which is a gravel/dirt road.
4. At the point that the gravel/dirt road actually starts to more noticeably ascend, there is a sign that informs that motor vehicles are permitted, but we parked our car at this point because the terrain becomes rougher. We noticed however; that if we would have been able to get past the first 0.25 miles of the ascent, our car probably would have been fine. So, the first 0.25 miles of this part of the trail are the worst. If your vehicle can make it past that part, the rest should be easy.
5. We parked our car and hiked about a mile to the summit. The gravel/dirt road (Paddy Mountain Road) levels off.
6. The high ground is off of the gravel/dirt road to the left. We found a large rock to the left of the trail, which could be the highest point. After walking around the general area in the woods, we built a cairn on the rock.

Buffalo Mountain Liner:
1. Retrace previous route back to PA 45 and Bear Run Road. Zero your trip odometer.
2. Go West (left) on PA 45 for 0.2 miles and turn right onto Sheesly Run Road. This dirt/gravel road is very nice and smooth.
3. Turn left at crossroads at 2.4 miles onto Stony Run Road.
4. Read Trailhead for Kessler Trail at 2.8 miles on the right.
5. Take the trail to the mountain crest. The trail is steep.
6. At the crest, follow the ridge line by bushwhacking to the west, staying on the high ground. The terrain is rocky with dense vegetation.
7. Eventually you will cross the Union County/Centre County border. If you continue west, you will summit Buffalo Mountain, which is in Centre County. Originally, I was planning on finding the summit of Buffalo County, but due to daylight running out, I settled for the county line high point.

Due to the gentle rise of the terrain and the fact that the county line is not marked in this area, it is difficult to find the exact high point on the boundary. To insure that I walked the high point, I stomped around a large area for quite some time.

Jones Mountain:
1. From the Kessler Trailhead, zero your trip odometer and continue west on Stony Run Road for 3.5 miles to crossroads. Turn right on to Pine Creek Road.
2. Bear right onto Jones Mountain Road at 9.3 miles.
3. Road crests at 12.4 miles, just past overlook parking area. The road goes right over the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:400 ft / 122 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Trailhead:1760 ft / 536 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack

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