Ascent of Lycoming County High Point on 2020-07-05

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, July 5, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Lycoming County High Point
    Elevation:2380 ft / 725 m

Ascent Trip Report

Not that it saves that much hiking, but LiDAR shows that the eastern of the two points is the higher. The global topo map on the peakbagger app confirms with its updated contour lines. A LiDAR analysis follows this trip report.

I parked at the Devil's Elbow Parking Area on State Route 1013/Ellenton Mountain Road after my first long drive of the day from the Columbia COHP. It was in the high 80Fs with no breeze, but it this hike was shaded the whole way (no views). I took the Sand Spring Trail and followed the right fork at the junction just after the TH. Some areas were a bit wet, but there were little bridges over the wettest parts built into the old logging road. At the turn of the trail I began bushwhacking and tried my hand at findinging the top on my own. The bushwhack varied in density, so be prepared to push some pine boughs out of your way at some point. I wound up on the lower of the two summits by my own reckoning, then had to drop down a surprisingly large saddle to angle NE towards the true summit. I found the cairn of big rocks that Ben Lostracco mentioned that John the local thinks is the summit. I agree with Ben that it isn't. My LiDAR point put me north and east of there (still within sight of the cairn) to where the no trespassing signs are. The summit appears to be about 15' across the line at a stump under thick foliage.

On my way back I tried a different route to avoid the saddle. It was a shorter push to get back on the trail, but maybe a thicker bushwhack. I ended up meeting the trail a few hundred feet north of the big turn where I left it on the way in. The hike back was uneventful. I enjoyed the name of the state forest: "Loyalsock". It made me thankful for good socks.

Lycoming County - two areas 3/4 mile east of Devils Elbow (2,380 feet)
(3.2ft LiDAR
Area 1: 2388.31’ N41.56258 W76.81218
Area 2: 2404.37 N41.56539 W76.80966
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:180 ft / 54 m
    Total Elevation Loss:180 ft / 54 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.5 mi / 4.1 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:170 ft / 51 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 140 ft / 43 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Loss on way in:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2 km
    Route:Sand Spring Trail
    Start Trailhead:Devil's Elbow Parking Area  2240 ft / 682 m
    Time:46 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:150 ft / 45 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 140 ft / 43 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Gain on way out:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2 km
    Route:Sand Spring Trail
    End Trailhead:Devil's Elbow Parking Area  2240 ft / 682 m
    Time:32 Minutes

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