Ascent of Lyon Hill on 2012-11-21

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
Date:Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Lyon Hill
    Elevation:2580 ft / 786 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is our last hiking day of our 13 day County High Pointing Trip to Western PA, tomorrow we will drive home.

COHP.ORG gives 4 Candidate High Point Areas with a 2580+' contour for Potter County ..... LYON HILL, BAILEY HILL, WHITE KNOLL SOUTH & WHITE KNOLL SOUTHEAST (named 2580 prov in PB), all are listed in the PB Library. We visited all 4 on this trip as per this TR, the directions in Michael Schwartz's TR of 2000 still apply.

A drive-up/field/track/bushwack to 4 summits ...... 3.4 miles, 5 hours RT including all of the driving and breaks between the different areas.

LYON HILL ...... .4 mile RT.
After overnighting in Coudersport we drove east on Hwy #6 from its intersection with #44 for 7.83 miles to a left turn on Irish Farm Road (just before the crest), then 1.37 miles north to A-Frame Road on the left. The high ground is to the northwest of this corner amid the huge wheat field on the northeast-southwest ridge.
We first went to check the high ground (northeast end of the ridge) left of the crest of Irish Farm Road, .2 miles north of A-Frame Road, to the right is a Communication Tower.....I walked the gas pipe line right-of-way 150 yards west, stomped the high ground to the south.
We drove back To A-Frame Road then west .2 miles to its crest and stomped the immediate high ground to the north. I called it good.
My eye told me that this second area is the highest.

BAILEY HILL ..... a drive up on Bailey hill road.
From the intersection of Hwy #49/Main Street(SR1001) in Ulysses we zeroed our odo. Drove south on main Street for .6 miles and stayed left at the fork on South Road, stayed left at 1.9 miles on Empson Road, then left again at on Bailey Hill Road at 2 miles, arrive at the summit at 4 miles ...... a fenced-in Communication Tower on the right side of the road, amid a grass field, nothing obvious, I walked the area and called it good.

WHITE KNOLL SOUTH (wrongly named White Knob in PB, will inform Greg)..... an easy track/road hike with a short bushwack ..... 2 miles, 1h15 hours RT including White Knoll.
The following directions are for White Knoll South and White Knoll Southeast.
0.00M -- in Ulysses we zeroed our odo and traveled east on Hwy #49.
1.49M -- turned right on Lehman Road, large red barn on corner.
2.42M -- passed a driveway on the right and stayed straight, sign reads "White Knoll Road T473".
2.92M -- stayed left at a fork.
3.73M -- passed Downey Road on the right.
4.35M -- arrive at a dirt track on the right, entrance to a large grass field (sign, Dusty Trail). This is the TH for White Knoll South. NB: A track entrance to a corn field on the right .25 miles before this one will also take you to White Knoll, just stay left.
We parked at the TH for WHITE KNOLL SOUTH and entered the large grass field , a track goes around its perimeter (left and right). The route described here is clearly shown on the Satellite Maps.
I walked/ascended right (westbound) on the track 300 yards to the top of WHITE KNOLL (not in the PB library, I added it as provisional) ..... an obvious open grass summit with a Benchmark "USGS HARRISON SS, NY, 1929" embedded in concrete and encircled with rocks, a broken post and Witness Post are on the ground. GPS 41.991644,-77.69758.
From this Peak a track heads/descends southwest along the ridge, across the field approx 450 yards, enters the woods and continues southerly 400 yards to a turn-around with an old/abandoned trailer.
An ATV track leaves the right side and heads southwest 200 yards to a woods road heading south, at 300 yards where the road crests I turned left and bushwacked east 150 yards to the summit ridge (approx 1 mile from the TH), which is full of nasty thorny stuff, no picnic. I was expecting this so I dressed accordingly. I gave it my best and called it good. ...... I chose my spot at GPS 41.90570,-77.70277.
I backtracked to the TH over White Knoll in 25 minutes.

WHITE KNOLL SOUTHEAST (named 2580 in PB ) ..... 1 mile, 40 minutes RT
From the White Knoll South TH per above we continued on White Knoll Road for .3 miles to a yellow gated dirt road on the right, we parked here, this was my TH.
I walked the dirt road southerly as it descends slightly about 700 yards to a gradual bend to the right. Just before the bend I left the road to the right and bushwacked west 250 yards to the summit.
The woods are mostly open except for patches of low/nasty/thorny brush in the summit area (the last 100 yards, but not as bad as White Knoll South)....... tramped the area as nothing is obvious, chose my spot at GPS 41.91035,-77.69355.
NB: The last mile or so White Knoll Road is a lesser road and not maintained in winter. On this day it was somewhat wet and our van got full of mud, especially the wheel wells. Rose hates going down these types of roads, reminding me every time. Choose a dry day.


Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:30 ft / 9 m
    Route Conditions:
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:30 ft / 9 m
    Extra Loss:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:visit to 2 areas off of irish farm/a-frame roads
    Trailhead:Irish Farm/A-Frame Roads  2560 ft / 780 m
Descent Statistics

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