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Ascent of Pimple Hill on 2012-06-20

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pimple Hill
    Location:USA-Pennsylvania
    Elevation:2212 ft / 674 m

Ascent Trip Report

COHP ORG gives 3 Candidate High Point Areas for Monroe County with a 2200 foot contour ..... Kistler Ledge, Dresser Hill and Pimple Hill. Kistler and Pimple are in the PB Library but not Dresser, so I decided to add Dresser to the Library for Greg's approval. It took me 2 visits to complete these 3 Areas.
On the first visit (2012-06-20) I successfully climbed Pimple Hill and checked out the other 2 Areas.
On the second visit (2013-05-11) i climbed Kistler and Dresser.
This TR covers both visits

Dresser Hill is part of 3 gated communities in this area, we were rejected entrance at the main gate on Hwy #196. As reported by Fred Lobdell, the entrance is iffy, in my case the security guard wouldn't allow entrance (she never heard of the name Dresser Hill and a problem with my request"), with my insistence she called the guy responsible and I was able to talk to him with no results.
"Rules area Rules, you need permission from a local resident to enter the property or I could write to the Board of Directors." He gave me the following addresses:
By Mail --APCPOA-BOD
112 Recreation Drive,
Tobyhanna, PA, 18466.
Email ----bod@apocon.countryplace.com

PIMPLE HILL (2012-06-20) ..... a walk up tower road, 1 mile 35 minutes RT.
From I80, exit 284, we drove south on Hwy 115 for 5.1 miles to a right turn on Tower Road with a large sign "Delaware State Forest, Dixon R Miller Recreational Area", .12 miles to the large parking lot. The road to the top was gated closed.
I walked the road .5 miles to the summit .... capped with fenced-in Fire Tower and Communication Towers and a number of buildings, the only view is on the east side.
The HP is at the sign "Highest Point 2213 feet" just west of the fence of the largest Tower near the view point. My GPS 41.02688,-75.50488.
Sign on the Fire Tower "Pohopoco Fire Tower, National Historic Lookout Registration Fourth Fire Tower".

KISTLER LEDGE (2013-05-12a) ..... 1.25 miles, less than one hour RT.
I followed Jean Laverdure excellent/easy GPS route. We parked at the start of the grass track on hwy #423 (abt half a mile west of #196).
At the north end of the grass track (.25 miles) the trail (orange blazed) heads east, at 300 yards the blazes turn left (north, its a bushwack) directly to the top of the Ledge at a permanent Camp Site with a large black & blue tarps. From the Camp Site I bushwacked west abt 100 yards to the High ground. Easy, open deciduous woods. As reported by others nothing is obvious, I stomped the area to my satisfaction and backtracked to the main road.

DRESSER HILL (2013-05-12b).... road hike, 1.75 miles, 35 minutes RT.
From the gated road on hwy #196 (.5 miles north of the Main entrance to the gated community or .5 miles south of hwy #423) I walked around the gate, then eastbound on Overlook Drive for .3 miles to a left turn (northeast)on Winding Way, .25 miles turned left (north) on Fairhaven and in 150 yards turned left (west) on Highview Drive for .25 miles directly to the water tank.
I walked the circumference of the fenced-in Water Tank and backtracked as quickly as possible, saying hello to a number of people.



"PENNSYLVANIA'S STATE FLOWER IS THE KALMIA LATIFOLIA, COMMONLY KNOWN AS MOUNTAIN-LAUREL OR SPOONWOOD"
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:270 ft / 83 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route:walk up tower road from hwy 115
    Trailhead:parking on tower road  1942 ft / 591 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike



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