Ascent of Cambria County High Point on 2010-11-21

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Date:Sunday, November 21, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cambria County High Point
    Elevation:2862 ft / 872 m

Ascent Trip Report

The County High Pointers organization lists two high point candidates for Cambria Bounty. I visited both, but based on GPS track logs I believe the southern one (3 miles north of Ogleville) is substantially lower and not worth visiting (my GPS readings were more than 30 feet higher for the northern point).
I followed directions given by previous visitors on the County High Pointers web site. Thanks for their careful reports.

For the northern point take Pa869 southeast from Beaverdale. Just past Beaverdam Run Reservoir find Pa. State Game lands #26 on the right. There's a parking area near the highway with a gate that's open during hunting season but locked otherwise. From this gate follow the road (ignoring a less well kept fork off to the right for a bit more than a mile (sorry for the vagueness--I forgot to check my odometer) to an area of fenced off downed trees and some replanting. There's another parking area on the right and then a locked gate. From there my GPS gave a distance of 0.6 mi. to the high point, mostly on the road with a short bushwhack at the end. I walked around the highest contours (2 close together) a bit to make sure I had found the right spot.

I was glad to be able to drive to the second parking area because it was only an hour to sundown, but the constant booming of guns as I walked down the trail made me a bit nervous. If you're nervous about a drunken hunter mistaking you for a deer, you might want to take the longer walk necessary after hunting season.

Note: Subsequent LIDAR analysis by Andy Hatzsos suggests my GPS readings may have been in error and the two high points are very nearly the same height.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:83 ft / 25 m
    Total Elevation Loss:18 ft / 5 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:83 ft / 25 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 65 ft / 20 m; Extra: 18 ft / 5m
    Loss on way in:18 ft / 5 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Start Trailhead:2797 ft / 852 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km

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