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Ascent of Laurel Hill-Radio Tower on 2010-11-17

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Solo
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Laurel Hill-Radio Tower
    Location:USA-Pennsylvania
    Elevation:2980 ft / 908 m

Ascent Trip Report

Finally a county HP that you can make a decent little excercise trip. Put on my new boots LaSportiva non flexible mountaineering boots and wanted to see how they felt on something steep (brand new). The weather was poor, had rained all the previous day and was cloudy, windy, and cold with some drizzle. Started at the power line easement off Camp Road (later called Fire Tower Road) and parked car in pull out by hairpin curve. There are some Forest hiking trails nearby (Laurel Mountain State Lands) but the trails were not steep enough and i was not sure whether they would go to the HP. Near for sure but i did not have time to explore - still had 2 more state HPs to get after this.

Careful - this site shows the HP at the fire tower not the radio tower which can be a drive up. Either way you can trek between them - they are not far apart.

The easement is steep and muddy but the boots held well enough and no blisters. At the top is a really cool metal fire tower but they removed the ladder so you can not climbe to the top. The radio tower is nearby connected by an ATV maintenance trail. OK views but poor weather. Just glad to get some excercise with a county HP!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:320 ft / 97 m
    Total Elevation Loss:40 ft / 12 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Grade/Class:2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Windy, Overcast
51F and cloudy and windy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:300 ft / 91 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 280 ft / 86 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:Electric Line Easement
    Start Trailhead:Hairpin Curve on road   2700 ft / 822 m
    Time:20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:20 ft / 6 m
    Gain on way out:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:same
    End Trailhead:same  
    Time:15 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: PA-MA Highpoints

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Laurel Hill2010-11-17 a234 ft / 71 m
2Laurel Hill-Radio Tower2010-11-17 b320 ft / 98 m
3Mount Davis2010-11-17 c557 ft / 170 m
4Backbone Mountain2010-11-17 d730 ft / 223 m
Total Trip Gain: 1841 ft / 562 m    Total Trip Loss: 820 ft / 250 m



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