Ascent of Painter Rock Hill on 2011-08-08

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Date:Monday, August 8, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Painter Rock Hill
    Elevation:2920 ft / 890 m

Ascent Trip Report

As far as I can determine, Painter Rock Hill is the 12th highest named summit point in Pennsylvania. I followed a very rough road in my low-clearance 1991 Ford Festiva, but it got me to a trailhead with a descent parking spot out of the narrow road. This trail was not expected, but it was very appreciated and I had an easy climb most of the way up the hill until the trail led around the west side of Painter Rock Hill. At this point I had to bushwhack nearly a quarter of a mile through a thick blanket of ferns. The summit was basically flat, so I just hiked to the summit landmark on my GPS. It seemed just as high as everything else around me. There was, of course, no summit view with the thick cover of trees. I descended by a different route directly to the south and eventually intersected the trail I used to ascend the hill. This saved me a lot of time without having to wade through the sea of ferns again on the summit ridge. This climb completed my goal of reaching the 12 highest named points in Pennsylvania. I might be the first person to have ever done that!
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