Ascent of Mercer County High Point on 2012-11-12
|Others in Party:||supported by Rose|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Monday, November 12, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Peak:||Mercer County High Point|
| Elevation:||1621 ft / 494 m|
Ascent Trip ReportA woods track/road/bushwack to 4 areas ...... 1.4 miles RT
This is the 3rd day of a 13 day County High Pointing trip to western PA. We spent the first 2 days visiting family in Welland, Ontario.
According to the different reports there are 4 Candidate High Point Areas for this county, all off of Hendersonville road, south east of Sandy Lake. I followed the directions in the other TRs which still apply, my purpose here is to update/provide a bit more detail to the directions. I have numbered my areas in accordance with Fred Lobdell's TR
We drove south on I79, got off at exit 130 and picked hwy 358 east for 4.8 miles to a right turn on 173 south in Sandy Lake, .3 miles stayed left at the fork on SR 2021 (unsigned Hendersonville Road which becomes Bradley Road), in another 3 miles we arrived at the crest-of-the-road and house #885 on the right.... 225 yards before this house is a woods track on the north side of the road. We parked at this track, this was my TH for the 4 areas.
AREA 1 (per PB)
I walked/followed the woods track northeasterly about 250 yards to where it bends northwesterly on the ridge and in 100 yards reaches the HP ..... fairly obvious 5 yards to the right, my GPS read 41.31188,-80.04836.
AREA 2 .... 850 yards RT for areas 1 & 2
I continued northeasterly on the track 75 yards to the obvious HP, chose my spot at 41.31190,-80.04907. A bump 50 yards beyond contends for the HP.
I backtracked to the TH.
AREA 3 .... 500 yards RT
This spot is north of the road right opposite house #885. I walked the main road east to house number #885, then up the steep north embankment to my chosen HP ..... 10 yards from the road, GPS 41.30994,-80.04768.
AREA 4 .... .6 miles RT
From my TH I walked west of the main road 40 yards to a woods track on the left, I followed it south and at 100 yards the main track goes right to a pipe line, I stayed left on the lesser track which descended 100 yards to a corduroy bridge across a wet/swampy area. I could see the HP area left-of-south through the trees at about 300 yards. From here I followed tracks/bushwacked to the high ground on a grass area..... chose my spot at GPS 41.30759,-80.04957. A small pond is 75 yards to the southeast, a red barn 100 yards to the east, house #885 can be seen at 200 yards to the northeast, and at 250 yards to the southwest is a house.
From here we moved-on to Butler County.
"THE MEASURE OF PERSON IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN NOTHING WORKS AND YOU GOT THE GUTS TO GO ON."
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||191 ft / 58 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||191 ft / 57 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||1.4 mi / 2.2 km|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Windy, Partly Cloudy|
| Gain on way in:||161 ft / 49 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 41 ft / 13 m; Extra: 120 ft / 36m|
| Loss on way in:||120 ft / 36 m|
| Distance:||0.7 mi / 1.1 km|
| Route:|| a visit to 4 areas off of hendersonville road|
| Start Trailhead:||SR 2021 1580 ft / 481 m|
| Loss on way out:||71 ft / 21 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 41 ft / 13 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m|
| Gain on way out:||30 ft / 9 m|
| Distance:||0.7 mi / 1.1 km|
| Route:|| a visit to 4 areas|
| End Trailhead:||SR 2021 1580 ft / 481 m|
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