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Ascent of Shade Mountain-Snyder County High Point on 2013-05-17

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, May 17, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Shade Mountain-Snyder County High Point
    Location:USA-Pennsylvania
    Elevation:2188 ft / 666 m

Ascent Trip Report

A trail/bushwack to 2 Areas .... 1.1 miles, 40 minutes RT

This County has 2 Candidate High Point Areas with a 2180 foot contour, I went to both.

We approached from the south. At hwy #322 at Thompstown we traveled east on #333 for 2.92 miles to East Salem where we picked up #235 and drove north for 9.26 miles to Roming Gap, turned right on the gravel Shade Mountain Road (large sign on corner "Mount Pisgah Altare") and in 1.4 miles parked at the signed "Diamond Trail" with a pullout on the right.

AREA 2 (SMALL WESTERN CONTOUR)
I walked/climbed the Diamond Trail north .25 miles to the summit area at an east-west trail junction, pink blazed with a "Bike Trail" sign (GPS 40.69880,-77.22755). This whole summit area has dense undergrowth with a lot of laurel.
Turned right (east) on Bike Trail for 200 yards to a faint animal trail crossing where I followed it north to the high ground. After stomping the area I chose my spot at about 100 Yards from the "Bike Trail", GPS 40.69960,-77.22540.

AREA 1 (LARGER EASTERN CONTOUR, PER PB LIBRARY)
After visiting Area 2 I returned to the Bike Trail and continued east for another 400 yards to what looked like crest of the trail, turned right into the dense underwgrowth, bushwacked south a bit then west a good 200 yards, looking for "the" HP. No luck, it needs someone better than I.
Finally chose my spot at abt 50 yards south of the road, perhaps 300+ yards west of Area 1, a few rocks marks the spot at GPS 40.69879,-77.22194.

I estimate my total trip at 1.4 miles, 1h30 hours RT because of all the running around that I did, It is in fact much shorter trip if one knows where he is going, perhaps 1.1 miles. 40 minutes Max.

"MAN WHO WAITS FOR ROAST DUCK TO FLY INTO MOUTH MUST WAIT, VERY LONG TIME."
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:162 ft / 49 m
    Extra Gain:10 ft / 3 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route: tr/bushwack to 2 areas from shade mtn rd
    Trailhead:Shade Mountain Road  2046 ft / 623 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack



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