Ascent of Allegheny County High Point on 2012-11-14

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Allegheny County High Point
    Elevation:1400 ft / 426 m

Ascent Trip Report

The COHP.ORG gives 2 Candidate High Point Areas, a good distance apart, I visited both of them.

AREA 1 (per PB) EAST OF PITTSBURGH ... 600 yards RT on a gravel road.
From the junction of hwy 380/286 in Sardis we traveled west on 380 for .3 miles to a right turn on Logan Ferry Road, .23 miles north to a gated dirt road on the left, parked here this was my TH. The HP capped with a Water Tank and a Transmission Power Line can be seen to the west at 300 yards.
I walked up the gravel road to the summit, a few electrified fences to deal with (but not on this visit).
After checking out the area around the tank I chose my spot, what I considered to be the natural HP, on the east side of the Tank (between the Tank and the Transmission Tower, inside the row of trees) at GPS 40.49455,-79.70200 ..... I should note however that the Allegheny/Westmoreland County Line is in this very vicinity, so I am not sure if my chosen spot is in Alleghny.
To ensure the HP one needs to walk over the bump 50 yards west of the Tank.

AREA 2 SOUTH OF PITTSBURGH .... see PB Library for Allegheny County High Point #2 ..... a grass road/bushwack of 900 yards RT.
Michael Schwartz's directions in his TR of 2000 still apply, no need to repeat.
I walked the gravel/grass road 300 yards north to the summit area, capped with 2 fenced-in Water Tanks and a Communication Tower. Not much natural ground around this Installation, so I walked the outside perimeter of the fence on the south side to the west side of the Tanks, where I picked up a small herd (animal) path heading westerly on the ridge.
I followed the winding path along the ridge as it goes through some very nasty/rough/dense brush (vines, briars) ..... no fun, on hands and knees at places.
Impossible to pick "the" HP ..... I guessed my spot at GPS 40.21080,-79.90675 about 100 yards west of the Tanks and well passed the spot elevation on the topo.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:120 ft / 36 m
    Total Elevation Loss:120 ft / 36 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:a visit to area 1 east of pittsburg
    Start Trailhead:logan perry road  1280 ft / 390 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:120 ft / 36 m
    Route:a visit to area 1 east of pittsburg
    End Trailhead:logan perry road  1280 ft / 390 m

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