Ascent of Mount Davis on 2015-06-20

Climber: Brian Molloy

Date:Saturday, June 20, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Davis
    Elevation:3213 ft / 979 m

Ascent Trip Report

We made our way down to Mt Davis from Pittsburgh early on a rainy Saturday morning and hoped that the weather would clear. Unfortunately, the rain was persistant so we stopped for lunch at a local sandwich shop and watched the rain for a while. Eventually it gave up and the sun peaked out. At about 12:00 we made our way to the parking area at Mt Davis State Park. We knew that the summit was essentially a walk up but had expected at least a little bit of a walk so we loaded our Son into the baby backpack and got underway. A little to our surprise the "summit" was only about 100m from the parking area. We scaled the observation tower much to our small traveler's delight and spent some time taking in the sights. There is a plaque showing the topography of the area which I found to be interesting. After coming back down off of the tower we decided to wander around a little bit and check out some of the trails in the area. There is an interesting information center built just to the east of the tower that we perused and then did a short hike down some of the local trails but ended up turning aroud due to the fact that the trail was turning into a stream from all of the recent rain.

Afterwards we headed into Confluence, about a 15 minute drive from the highpoint and on to our next adventure. The little guy didn't feel like taking a nap at the Bed and Breakfast so we pulled the bikes off of the back of the car and loaded him into the bike trailer for a ride on the Great Allegheny Passage trail up into Ohiopyle State Park. This is a really cool ride and I highly suggest it to anyone looking for something to do. We were on our Road Bikes (skinny tires) and although we didn't run into a flat tires I think I need to either look at a different bike or maybe some new wheels/tires for rails to trails riding. Nevertheless we rode about 10 miles into the park and then started working our way back to the bed and breakfast when the sky started to turn dark on us. It was the sort of dark when you know the sky is just going to open up. We picked up the pace a little to try and beat the rain and for a while it looked like we were actually going to make it. Not the case. With about 1.5 miles left the skys opened like the world was going to end. Luckily our son was in his bike trailer with a rain fly so he stayed nice and dry but Kim and I were soaked through to the bone. The trail turned pretty bad too, at points we were riding through almost 3-4 inches of water. Finally we made it back to the B&B to shower and dry out.

You can read more about this and other highpoints I have completed on my blog here:
Outdoor outlier Blog post: Mt Davis

Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Drive up
    Start Trailhead:Mt Davis State Park  
Descent Statistics

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