Ascent of Hays Mill Lookout on 2012-02-26

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Date:Sunday, February 26, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hays Mill Lookout
    Elevation:2950 ft / 899 m

Ascent Trip Report

From 160 South about 1 mi. south of the high point I took a right on Baughman Rd. a rough dirt track--no problem for my Jeep but I wouldn't recommend a passenger car if it's muddy.The road dead ends at a State Game area parking about 3/4 mi. south of the former tower site. My Garmin topo shows the road continuing much closer to the peak, but it has long since been abandoned beyond the State Game parking. I considered bush whacking straight uphill from hwy. 160 since the closest spot along the highway is less than a quarter mile from the highpoint, but it's all private land and looks like a steep bush whack through dense thorn bushes.

From the State Game parking I followed the remnants of the road on a GPS track to the hp (there's more than one track to choose from). The track soon turned into a path, and the path soon turned into only remnants of a path. Like the other two peaks I did today, the area is covered with thorn bushes. At the highpoint you'll find an old cabin and a microwave tower where the fire tower used to be. I did this peak because I'm trying to complete the Pa. highest 50 ( it's #17 for me). I see no reason for anyone else to do this peak unless you're also working on the top 50 list--no views, no redeeming features, lots of thorn bushes.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:103 ft / 32 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route Conditions:
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:103 ft / 32 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Trailhead:State Game parking area  2847 ft / 867 m
    Time Up:19 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Time Down:20 Minutes

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