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Ascent of Moosic Mountains High Point on 2012-05-18

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Friday, May 18, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Moosic Mountains High Point
    Location:USA-Pennsylvania
    Elevation:2323 ft / 708 m

Ascent Trip Report

An extreme bushwack ...... 1 miles, 1h30 hour RT including all of the stomping around.

My TH was the dirt road on the west side, the same one Michael Schwartz used in his ascent. To get to it I drove, from hwy #6, exit 4, at Archbald, east on Salem Road for 3.04 miles to a left turn on a dirt road ..... Salem bends to the right here and on the corner is a tall Communication Tower, can't be missed. I zeroed my odo.

(0.00) I left Salem Road, past an open gate at 50 yards. Always stay on the good dirt road as it winds generally north to the west side of the summit.
(0.43) Past under the Overhead Power Lines, a second open gate is just ahead.
(0.75) Pass grass track on left signed "Closed for Motorized Vehicles".
(1.06) Arrive at the TH, GPS 41.49430,-75.47916. A small faint woods road is on the right, this is after the road comes to a crest and you are on the flat for a good distance, 100 yards beyond the road starts to descend. The summit is to the east.

I walked the woods road 200+ yards east to its end at a large cairn, I continued on a good herd path going my way for another 300 yards to where it fades out. From here-on things got tough. The woods through this whole area are stunted (8-10 feet), extremely dense scrub with a lot of oak. Extreme bushwacking, animal trails off and on helped a bit. I had to fight my way for a few hundred yards.

Once I reached the summit area the brush is very low (3-4 feet) and whole area opens up an its much easier, good views to the east. The one way distance is about half a mile.
I stomped around for the high ground, very subtle change in terrain. In fact the whole hike on the way here is fairly flat with slight terrain changes.
I stomped/fought my way looking for "THE" HP for a good half+ hour. I chose my spot at an area with some rock, GPS 41.49452,-75.47321, the PB coordinates are about 50 yards to the north. I built a small cairn on my spot. If you ask me if this is "THE" HP? the answer is no, however I am confident that I stepped on the high ground.

This summit area has to be one of the worst. I was completely soaked from the hard work and to make matters worse ...... back at the car I pulled out 3 ticks from my naked body while I was removing my wet gear.

"ALMOST HEAVEN, WEST PENNSYLVANIA
MOOSIC MOUNTAINS, LACKAWANNA RIVER
LIFE IS OLD THERE, OLDER THAN THE TREES
YOUNGER THAN THE MOUNTAINS, BLOWING LIKE A BREEZE." ...... play on John Denver, "Country Roads"
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:63 ft / 20 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route:grass rd/herd tr/bushwack wb from dirt rd
    Trailhead:dirt road off of Salem Road  2260 ft / 688 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack



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