Ascent of Paddy Mountain on 2012-07-08

Climber: Ed Wandall

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, July 8, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Paddy Mountain
    Elevation:2160 ft / 658 m

Ascent Trip Report

If you are coming down from Stony Run Road, you will make a right onto Route 45 ‘Old Turnpike Road’ and head west to Paddy Mountain Road. You will pass some old buildings on the right marked “MVI Private.” This is the old Laurelton State Village for feeble women. Creepy.
When you get to Paddy Mountain Road, make a left, then across from the ‘Maison Boisee’ sign, make a right, which is still Paddy Mountain Road. The road was very freshly re-graveled, and there were swales cut in for drainage. This will force you to keep your speed way down (for example, I averaged 15-20 on Jones Mountain and Stony Run, here it was down to 5mph). You will come to a fork in the road after about 6/10th of a mile. The left fork will be gated. You COULD continue up the right fork if you had a HIGH clearance 4wd vehicle. Maybe. I went about 50 feet in my Chevy Trailblazer and bailed out. I had planned to drive this, but that was not an option. It showed 97 degrees on my iPhone for the local weather. Oh well, nothing like a bit of sweat to make you feel like you earned the highpoint. The road is half rock, half double track. Not very steep, but in the heat it took me close to an hour to get to the HP. Brutal heat, but I kept the pace up and even ran a bit coming down. Drank about 4 vitamin waters when I got back to the truck. Total hike from the fork was 5 miles round trip. Felt like twice that.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1000 ft / 304 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:Old dirt road
    Trailhead:Y Intersection at gate  1160 ft / 353 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Time:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:30 Minutes

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