Ascent of Montour Ridge-Northeast Slope on 2013-05-20

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, May 20, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Montour Ridge-Northeast Slope
    Elevation:1380 ft / 420 m

Ascent Trip Report

A road walk to the Towers plus an easy bushwack in open woods .... .5 miles one way with car support, otherwise a 1 mile bushwack.

I used Michael Schwartz and Fred Lobdell TRS as my source of information, after doing the HP I feel the need to write a full report of my experience.

We found our way to the center of Mooreburg where we took Bald Top Road southeast for 1.62 Miles to a right turn on the signed gravel road, "State Games Land 1" (the sign is somewhat hidden in the foliage) .... .2 miles before this road on the right is the Oakwood Estates, we followed this road (lot of new large homes) .8 miles to its end at a turnaround where a dirt road continues west. I believe this is the road shown on the topo maps as leading to the Towers (referred-to later in the text below).
We zeroed our odo.
0.00M ... we left Bald Top Road westbound on State Games Land 1.
0.25M ... passed State Games Lands parking on the left at an open gate. We would pass 2 other parking areas a short distance ahead.
0.75M ... drove through open gate.
1.75M ... arrived at a fork (GPS 40.95834,-76.70658) which I believe is south of the Co Line in Northumberland Co. The left fork continues west, the right fork is gated with the Communication Towers visible through the trees at 100 yards.

I first decided to check out the Tower area. I walked the right fork northwest 100 yards to the Towers. I went directly to the highest ground, west of the fenced-in Tall Tower, and easily found the BM amid the pile of rocks 4 feet outside the fence, "USC&G Survey, Moores, 1958" GPS 40.95890,-76.70873.
A new red & white Tower is 100 yards to the north of the high ground at a lower elevation, a grass road descends to it. In checking this out I noted a good dirt road coming in from the east. I believe this is the dirt road originating in the Oakwood Estates (as noted above). It appears to be rougher than the road we took, the topo shows it to be in Montour Co.

I returned to the fork and drove west (left fork) on the State Games Lands 1 Road for .43 miles to a height-of-land (40.95605,-76.71552) where I started my bushwack (in Northumberland Co)..... the road continues/dead-ends in another .25 miles. Rose dropped me off and drove back to the fork.

I climbed/bushwacked north 200 yards to the obvious bump , I chose my spot at a large oak tree, GPS 40.95742,-76.71579. This is "spot elevation 1388" shown on the topo, and I believe in Northumberland Co.

The Montour/Northumberland County Line is shown to be on the crest of the Montour Ridge, I couldn't find any markings.
From "spot elevation 1388" I walked right-of-north to the crest and identified the first fairly obvious high ground (per PB), chose this eastern spot at GPS 40.95807,-76.71498.
I continued east on the crest abt 250 yards and identified a second high ground (barely discernible), at GPS 40.95832,-76.71260. This middle area is probably lower than the eastern one and the Moores BM. Difficult to pick "the" HP.

I continued east on the crest to the Moores BM and then back down to the van at the fork. I must note that since the County Line is not identified I gridded/walked the area around each spot to ensure the HP for that spot.
This was an easy half-a-mile bushwack in open deciduous woods with very little undergrowth, the surface however is rocky with poor footing.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:80 ft / 24 m
    Total Elevation Loss:80 ft / 24 m
    Route Conditions:
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:bushwack along a ridge
    Start Trailhead:State Games Lands Road  1300 ft / 396 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:80 ft / 24 m
    Route:bushwack along a ridge
    End Trailhead:State Games Lands Road  1300 ft / 396 m

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