Ascent of College Mountain on 2011-06-19
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Sunday, June 19, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||1702 ft / 518 m|
Ascent Trip ReportCollege Mountain
To get there:
College Mountain is located just off of Route 15 between Frederick, MD to the south and Gettysburg, PA to the north. From the south make a left onto Motters Station Rd, then the first left onto St Anthony Rd. I believe you will then want to make your first right onto Grotto Rd (there will be signs for ‘Grotto of Lourdes’ (http://www.msmary.edu/grotto/)). Parking is on the left.
First of all this mountain should not be done during hunting season. I must have passed 30 tree stands and imagine that the area is heavily used for deer hunting.
I walked through the ‘Old Mt Saint Mary’s Cemetery’ and continued up hill. The climb is rather straight forward, up…up…up. There are no trails to the top that I ran across. I bushwhacked uphill and checked my GPS occasionally. Once on the ridge I followed it to both College Mountain peaks. The forest is pretty open, that is it wasn’t a constant fight through brush. Round trip was a little over 3 hours. Not much else to say except a GPS is very helpful.
Eastern Box Turtles, Whitetail Deer, Eastern Gray Squirrels, Eastern Chipmunks and a Black Rat Snake. The only birds I recall seeing were a few Downy Woodpeckers.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Loss:||972 ft / 296 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||4.3 mi / 6.9 km|
| Route Conditions:||Bushwhack|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
| Distance:||1.3 mi / 2.1 km|
| Start Trailhead:||The Grotto of Lourdes parking area |
| Loss on way out:||972 ft / 296 m|
| Distance:||3 mi / 4.8 km|
| End Trailhead:||The Grotto of Lourdes parking area 730 ft / 222 m|
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