Ascent of Shade Mountain 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
    Elevation:2228 ft / 679 m

Ascent Trip Report

A short bushwack after long back-roads drive .... .25 miles, 20 minutes RT.

I used Michael Schwartz TR which still applies after 13 years. This TR attempts here to update/clarify a few details.

From the west end on the Juniata River bridge, junction of Hwy #35/333, in Mifflin, we zeroed our odo and traveled north on #333.
00.00M ... drove north on #333
00.31M ... in Mifflin stayed straight on Licking Street where #333 makes a right turn. Licking Street winds northwest, becomes SR4001.
02.92M ... junction of SR4002/SR4001, stayed straight on SR4002 as it bends left to the southwest
07.27M ... SR4002 ends and continues paved as Licking Creek Drive, large sign.
09.26m ... road becomes a smooth gravel road
11.43M ... enter "Tuscarora State Forest" at sign, road becomes a bit rougher
12.12M ... pass Karl Guss Picnic Area on left.
13.98M ... turned left onto signed "Spectacle Gap Road" as it drops to a bridge and bends left, to the northeast. Road a bit rougher but good
14.60M ... pass Pine ridge Road on the right, stayed straight.
15.22M ... stayed right
15.84M .... stayed straight
18.14M .... sharp right, road is very rough from here on. This right is the first of 2 switchbacks. It's probably safest to park here and walk the last .5 miles of the road.
18.64M ... arrive at end of Spectacle Gap Road at turnaround, old Tower foundations to the immediate east. Parked here this was my TH.

The HP is to the northeast at about 200 yards. A grass track leaves the north side of the turnaround bends right (east) and goes to the south side of the HP (some steel scrap to the right). From there I bushwacked north in an all rock field with blowdown, finally identified my spot at less than 100 yards from the track, GPS 40.51579,-77.55791.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:18 ft / 5 m
    Total Elevation Loss:18 ft / 5 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:18 ft / 5 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route: bushwack from spectacle gap road
    Start Trailhead:top end of Spectacle Gap Road  2210 ft / 673 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:18 ft / 5 m
    Route: bushwack from spectacle gap road
    End Trailhead:top end of Spectacle Gap Road  2210 ft / 673 m

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