Ascent of Blue Mountain-Perry/Cumberland High Point on 2018-09-01

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Saturday, September 1, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Blue Mountain-Perry/Cumberland High Point
    Elevation:2270 ft / 691 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had no idea that Pennsylvania had such remote and pristine wilderness as I found up here on Blue Mountain. It's part of the 90,000-acre Tuscarora State Forest.

Coming from the Pennsylvania Turnpike west of Carlisle, set your GPS for Three Square Hollow Road, Newburg PA, and follow it north as it transitions to gravel and climbs the ridge. Once you pass Cowpens Road on the right, Three Square Hollow Road switches back to the west and follows the ridge. About two miles past Cowpens, watch closely on the left for signed Blue Mtn Rd. This road is not shown on some maps, but it is driveable for one mile as it passes through an area that has been recently logged. As you approach spot elevation 2250, the road starts to deteriorate, and it's best to park in the clearing and continue on foot. It's only about a half mile farther across a saddle up to spot 2270, which is the highest ground in Perry and Cumberland counties.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:80 ft / 24 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Trailhead:2190 ft / 667 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)

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