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Ascent of Boyers Knob on 2013-05-13

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, May 13, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Boyers Knob
    Location:USA-Pennsylvania
    Elevation:1780 ft / 542 m

Ascent Trip Report

A road walk with a bushwack to 2 areas ..... 4.9 miles, 2h40 hours RT.

This is my 2nd day of an 11 day County Highpointing Trip to PA. For today's climb I used M Schwartz TR of 2000 which still applies, this report attempts to add/update a few details.
There are 2 Candidate High Point Areas for this County, Boyers Knob and another bump to its east. I visited both of them.

From I-81, exit 112 we drove west on Hwy #25 for 5.9 miles to a right turn on #125 in Hegins, then generally north on the winding/up and down road for 12 miles to Gowen City. We stayed straight on #125 for another .75 miles to a dirt road on the right (just past the crest of #125), we parked here this was my TH. We tried to drive the dirt road but it is much too rough for my Caravan ..... it's for high clearance vehicles or bikes.

BOYERS KNOB .... 1.9 miles one way distance from TH.
The route that I describe here is clearly shown on the Google Topo Map. I left the TH eastbound on the dirt road, .7 miles turned right on a dirt road, at 100 yards stayed left at a fork and continued generally east to the crest of the road at 1 mile where I turned right on the dirt road that leads west 300+ yards to the wooded summit with a fenced-in abandoned Lookout Tower (now a Communication Tower).
A large broken-hole on the east side of the fence allowed me to access the BM located directly below the Tower, "USC&G SHAMOKIN No 2, 1934". No views.

CANDIDATE AREA EAST OF BOYERS KNOB (2 spots)
After visiting Boyers Knob I walked back to the main dirt road and continued/followed it east for another .4 miles to a crest of the road at a long clearing. From the center of the clearing and following Michael's directions I bushwacked a 220 degree compass line about 200 yards to the obvious east-west ridge. I first went east (left) less than 100 yards and found high ground at some rock outcrop with an old broken down Hunter's Stand. I chose my HP and built a cairn at GPS 40.75227,-76.50085.
I then backtracked and walked the ridge westbound about 150+ yards to another rocky area that appeared to be high ground. But I kept going 50+ yards and found what I believe is the high ground for the western area. I built a cairn at my second chosen spot GPS 40.75258,-76.50249.
Of the 2 areas the western one could be higher .... I didn't take the time to eye level the 2 spots. The bushwacking is fairly open deciduous woods with some rock, brush and rhododendrum to deal with.
There is a much easier approach to these 2 areas. 25 yards east of the western area is a nice wide track that heads north, which I followed it for my return. It gets narrower and somewhat obscure as it comes out at the main dirt road .... just to the right as you arrive at the crest of the road and enter the long clearing (talked-to above) .... look for it.
So my recommended route for this area is to walk this track south to the east-west ridge at the western area, then walk the ridge east to the eastern area, followed my a bushwack, left of north, back to the main road.

"PENNSYLVANIA, PENNSYLVANIA,
MAY YOUR FUTURE BE FILLED WITH HONOR EVERLASTING AS YOUR HISTORY." ..... State song's chorus

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:230 ft / 69 m
    Total Elevation Loss:230 ft / 69 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.9 mi / 7.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:180 ft / 54 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 130 ft / 40 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route:dirt road eb /bushwack to 2 areas
    Start Trailhead:#125 north of Gowen City  1650 ft / 502 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:180 ft / 54 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 130 ft / 40 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:dirt road eb /bushwack to 2 areas
    End Trailhead:#125 north of Gowen City  1650 ft / 502 m
    Time:55 Minutes



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