Ascent of Tuscarora Mountain on 2001-05-24

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Thursday, May 24, 2001
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Tuscarora Mountain
    Elevation:2458 ft / 749 m

Ascent Trip Report

Big Mountain is the highpoint for both Franklin and Fulton Counties, assuming the county line passes right over the summit. Not all maps are in agreement on this, so to be sure, I also visited nearby Kimber Mountain (Rays Hill) which was the only other possible (not probable) contender for the Fulton County highpoint.

I left US-30 at the county line sign and followed Augwick Road north about a mile to Tower Road, which led to the top. The roads were paved or gravel and easy to drive. The road rings the top, with parking spaces and places to make short hikes. I walked the top and tagged high rocks and anything else of interest. A 2,458-foot spot elevation was noted on older maps. On the newer maps, a 2,453-foot spot elevation is noted at the south end of the loop road. The county line appears to swing just east of the summit, which would place the entire top in Fulton county. Just to be sure, I walked the perimeter of this road to "get" Franklin's highpoint as well. It shouldn't be this confusing. Grr.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Trailhead:2438 ft / 743 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail

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