Ascent of Blue Mountain-Northampton County High Point on 2016-01-30

Climber: David White

Others in Party:Todd Phillips
Date:Saturday, January 30, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Blue Mountain-Northampton County High Point
    Elevation:1695 ft / 516 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started out at the AT trail head in Wind Gap, PA with Todd Phillips at 9am. Headed north along the AT for 2 miles then made a right onto the access road to the high point. The trail was completely snow covered. The first 1.5 miles of trail was broke by myself this past Tuesday night. Today we had to break trail for about 1 mile. From there someone had road a snowmobile along the access road so we just took off the snowshoes and walked the track to the top.
The weather was perfect for a winter hike. Sunny and about 25 degrees. Unfortunately there is no views along the route, not even at the top. The entire trip is forested and the top is covered with about 4 cell towers and 2 more towers not in use.
We did see Bobcat tracks, coyote tracks, and several deer tracks along the route. Even without a view it was still a nice hike. Round trip was about 6 miles. We bushwacked a little between the AT and access road to save mileage and just for fun.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:695 ft / 211 m
    Total Elevation Loss:695 ft / 211 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.8 mi / 9.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:695 ft / 211 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 4.9 km
    Start Trailhead:1000 ft / 304 m
    Time:1 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:695 ft / 211 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    End Trailhead:1000 ft / 304 m
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes

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