Ascent of Wills Mountain on 2012-11-16

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, November 16, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Wills Mountain
    Elevation:2780 ft / 847 m

Ascent Trip Report

A dirt road/grass track ..... 8 miles, 3h10 hours RT with the breaks.

We approached from the west by driving east on Hwy 31 to a sharp right turn on SR3008 in West End, sign on corner "Bard 6", this turn is .75 miles east of the Somerset/Bedford County Line. We continued east 5.84 miles to Bard and a right turn on hwy 96, 3.73 miles south to a left on Cove Road in Gravel Pit, 1.74 miles east to a gated dirt road on the right. This was my TH.

I walked the dirt road as it climbs/zig-zags easterly approx 2 miles to the main summit ridge at a locked gate, straight ahead is a clearing and a left-right grass ridge track, on the right a sign reads "Welcome Pennsylvania State Game Land, Hunters wear orange and so should you" (which I did).
On the way up I stayed right at the first junction and left at the next (fenced-in restoration area on the corner, removed once the seedlings are established).

I turned right and walked the grass track southwesterly along the ridge for approx 2 miles to a height-of-land at the summit area. This is a pleasant flat walk on a wide track in open nude-deciduous woods.

South (left) of the track at the summit area is a large open area, sign reads "State Game Lands 048, Wills Mountain Scrub Oak Barrens Management Area, A restoration project (started in 2009) of over 600 acres of an ecosystem called "ridge-top scrub oak-pitch pine barrens".

A track leads north 100 yards to the HP .... a wooded rocky area, chose my spot at GPS 39.84598,-78.68188. I didn't look for the Hyndman Benchmark.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1300 ft / 395 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1330 ft / 404 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
beautiful sunny day in nude woods
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1200 ft / 365 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1100 ft / 335 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:road west/southwest from cove road
    Start Trailhead:cove road  1680 ft / 512 m
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1230 ft / 374 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1130 ft / 345 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:road west/southwest from cove road
    End Trailhead:cove road  1650 ft / 502 m
    Time:1 Hours 5 Minutes

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