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Ascent of Lycoming County High Point on 2013-06-17

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, June 17, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Lycoming County High Point
    Location:USA-Pennsylvania
    Elevation:2380 ft / 725 m

Ascent Trip Report

A trail with a difficult bushwack to 2 Areas..... 2.8 miles, 2 hour RT.

With the driving directions in M Schwartz RT of 2000 I got to the Devils Elbow Natural Area TH parking on the right (west) side of the SR1013 Road, the blue blazed Sand Spring Trail (a gated grass track, shown as a jeep trail on the Topo Map)) starts across the road (41.56465,-76.83038). This is the Tiadaghton State Forest.

The 2 Candidate High Point Areas are in a southwest-northeast ridge line spanning Lycoming/Sullivan Counties with all of the high ground in Lycoming County.
The surface of this ridge is mostly moss-covered rock thereby a poor/dangerous footing, at the start of the wack there is a rocky/ledgy outcrop which I negotiated by staying left. The mixed woods have open areas, dead fall and patches of dense undergrowth. Because of the footing I rate this bushwack (albeit short, .9 miles) as difficult and not to be underestimated, I was expecting an easier wack.


I walked the grass track trail generally east about one mile to where it crests and bends/descends-slightly left, I started my bushwack here. I should note that at about 150 yards-in I came to a confusing trail junction where I stayed straight .... I would find from Joe (whom I met later) that this is a loop trail of about 3 miles and this junction is the loop's western end).

I bushwacked southeast, always looking for the easy way and favoring right, ending up at the SOUTHWEST AREA at about 400 yards, I chose my spot at 41.56255,-76.81223.

From here I wacked northeast and in about 400 yards came to the high ground for the NORTHEAST AREA, my first spot was at a cairn at (41.56442,-76.81029).
It didn't look like "the" HP so I continued and in 75 yards came-to/found the Tiadaghton State Forest Eastern Boundary Line, posted with markings, in-fact I found a wooden stake with a pink flag (perhaps the same one Michael refers-to in his TR .... imagine after 13 years).
I picked my second spot about 15 yards east of the Boundary Line, in a somewhat-hidden small clearing full of ferns (41.56543,-76.80939).
From the Boundary Line I continued/looked-for higher ground to the east, nothing to be found, after 100+ yards I circled right, back to the Boundary Line ..... concluding that this second spot was "the" HP for the NORTHEAST AREA. I should note that the area east of the Boundary Line was perhaps the most-dense/worst part of the wack.

On the way back I met up with Joe, who was doing (told me about) a 3 mile loop hike. He lives near-by and does this trail on a regular basis. He told me that he has been on the HP a number of times and in different seasons, "The high spot is marked with cairn, you can't miss it."

"SUCCESS WITHOUT RISKS DOESN'T EXIST."
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:137 ft / 41 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:trail/bushwack wb from SR1013
    Trailhead:TH at SR1013  2243 ft / 683 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack



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