Ascent of Broad Mountain on 2011-11-06

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Date:Sunday, November 6, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Broad Mountain
    Elevation:2340 ft / 713 m

Ascent Trip Report

I followed Mike Schwartz excellent directions from the County Highpointers web pages. (322; exit right at bottom of hill just past runaway truck ramp; 1.5 mi up Stone Creek Rd. to trailhead) The sign for the Indian Trail on the right side of the road is down, and, as other county highpointers note, the trail is poorly maintained. It's also unusually steep by Pa. standards--630 feet elevation gain in the first half mile (e.g. an average 24% grade!). Shortly after you reach the ridgeline you come to a trail intersection. The left leg (Mid State Trail) heads slightly downhill, so I continued straight ahead on the Indian Trail until it started to veer off from my GPS heading for the hp coordinates. At that point GPS put me about 600 feet east of the coordinates, so I dutifully wandered into the dense underbrush. Twenty minutes or so of unpleasantly slashing my way through it didn't get me a GPS reading any higher than my highest reading on the trail. I'm sceptical that the area shown on the topo map is actually any higher than the trail.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:755 ft / 230 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:755 ft / 230 m
    Extra Loss:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.2 km
    Trailhead:1600 ft / 487 m
    Time Up:33 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Time Down:30 Minutes

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