Ascent of Devies Mountain on 2012-03-22

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Date:Thursday, March 22, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Devies Mountain
    Elevation:2749 ft / 837 m

Ascent Trip Report

The majority of my Pa. ascents have not involved much of a climb. This one is a bit more challenging, both route finding and climbing. I had been close by five days ago looking for Pondfield Benchmark ( 5 minute walk up from the main road) and hoped to do Devies and another peak listed at 2630, both nearby. All three are on the Pa. top 50 list. On my map a Wymps Gap Road looked like the best access for Devies and 2630. I drove up and down Skyline Dr. looking for Wymps Gap Road. Some locals didn't know where it was. Since I only had another hour of daylight, I decided I couldn't do the hikes that day even if I found the access, so I headed home to Pittsburgh.

I returned today. Once again no Wymps Gaps Road. A nice local fellow tried to help me. He had never heard of it, but he checked his GPS and was surprised to find it listed. I headed back up the road slowly with my GPS in hand. There's a parking access for the Quebec Run Wild Area almost across the street from where my GPS said Wymp's Run Road should be. I parked. Across the road amidst the weeds I found the remnants of what looked like an ATV track. I got back in my Jeep and headed down it over rocks and fallen logs (glad I bought a jeep last fall!) to a barrier. Turning around was tricky. I parked back at the Quebec Run parking and put on my day pack. My GPS said Devies was 0.9. mi. away.

Ex Wymps Run Road heads down hill from the barrier. In a few hundred yards it veered away from my GPS heading for Devies Mountain, so I started bushwhacking downhill to a stream crossing. It was about 2200 feet at the stream crossing, so that left 550 feet of elevation gain back up to Devies Mountain. It's quite steep and most of the way I was slipping and sliding on wet leaves over rocks. About 1/6 of a mile away from the hp coordinates I reached the ridge and easier going except for downed trees.

On the way down I took a fall on the slick rocks when I got an unexpected leg cramp. Nothing dramatic, but I took a five minute break and massaged my cramped calf. From the stream crossing (I crossed slightly downstream from my route out) the return ascent was about 360 feet.

This is an exceptionally scenic area for Pa. Later in the season the trees will obscure some of the views, but with no leaves on the trees yet I had views of hills, valleys, and the large giant windmill array on Chestnut Ridge.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:924 ft / 280 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:564 ft / 171 m
    Extra Loss:325 ft / 99 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Trailhead:Skyline Dr.  2510 ft / 765 m
    Time Up:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Extra Gain:360 ft / 109 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Time Down:40 Minutes

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