Ascent of Pennsylvania Mountain on 2019-09-28

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Willie-Weimaraner Musser
Karen Musser
Date:Saturday, September 28, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pennsylvania Mountain
    Elevation:13006 ft / 3964 m

Ascent Trip Report

OK - I have looked at this peak for some time and did not know how to get it. There is little good info but if you go to there is an excellent route description for this hike using Pika Trail a new public parking area and trail built by a mountain outdoor trust for us! and that route up is quite well marked and cairned to the tundra. The parking lot is accessed from Hermit Court also called Prune Court on some maps. The parking lot is well signed and accommodates at least 8 cars. Nicely done!

We passed a guy coming down and inquired about a trail we saw up near the saddle past the trust trails and he said it went to another public parking area off of Mountain View Drive. That parking area accommodates say 5 cars and there were cars there. Nobody parked at the Pika TH today. The Pika route is a little longer and starts about 200 feet lower on the mountain with a little more hike through the sub-alpine. The route off of Mountain View avoids some sub-alpine and gets you there quicker.

The route is easy class 1 for most of the way and it is a good beginners hike for alpine hiking and getting something above 13,000 feet. It looks to be a safe route for winter snow-shoes.

My GPS track did not record the first part of our hike so it is off by out 0.4 miles and some vertical. I would say if you bypass the subpeaks and false peaks you are looking at around 5.5 miles RT and 1500 feet of gain. If you go tag it all and stay on the ridge you may record over 6 miles round trip and over 1600 feet of gain for the day.

On the way down I saw my first ermine ever dancing in the talus. It stood up like a really skinny prairie dog but had a weasel face and the characteristic black tip tail. A special siting !

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1691 ft / 514 m
    Total Elevation Loss:155 ft / 46 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.1 mi / 9.8 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
40F and very cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1656 ft / 504 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1536 ft / 468 m; Extra: 120 ft / 36m
    Loss on way in:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:Pika Trail East and then open country
    Start Trailhead:Pika Trail Parking  11470 ft / 3496 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:35 ft / 10 m
    Gain on way out:35 ft / 10 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Route:Pika Trail West
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Musser
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