Ascent of Peak 1490 on 2012-01-16

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Date:Monday, January 16, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peak 1490
    Elevation:1490 ft / 454 m

Ascent Trip Report

I've done all of the Pa. County high points close enough to Pittsburgh for an easy day trip, so I've started in on others listed with 300 feet minimum prominence on Lists of John.

I first tried to access this peak from the west where several tracks or long driveways off Barchesky Rd. seemed to head toward the top. One landowner denied me permission to cross his property; everything else was clearly posted. I then took 982 south to McCullough Rd. (right) and once my GPS told me I was close turned right onto a gravel rd. that looked like it was put up for access to gas wells. It was gated, but the gate was open and it was not posted. It meandered past houses to dead end at a well where my GPS put the high spot at 0.3 mi. away. I bushwhacked up a steep hill (would be tough in spring and summer--lots of briars), crossed some ATV tracks, and reached a gently sloping field on top. I wandered it a bit to try to locate the high spot.

As I was coming down I ran into the owner on an ATV, probably alerted by my car. He asked me what I was doing but did not seem unfriendly. I apologized for being on is property, explained that I was a high pointer, and also pointed out that the property was not posted in any way. He asked some questions about high pointing, agreed that he had not posted the property, and didn't seem to mind my presence. He pointed out that the high point frequently had snow when the area just below did not.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:168 ft / 51 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:168 ft / 51 m
    Extra Loss:18 ft / 5 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 0.9 km
    Trailhead:1340 ft / 408 m
    Time Up:15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.6 km
    Time Down:10 Minutes

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