Ascent of Clinton 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:Clinton County High Point
    Elevation:2375 ft / 723 m

Ascent Trip Report

After visiting Lycoming COHP, it was a long drive to hike to the top of Clinton COHP. It didn't help that Maps.Me led me to Beech Creek Mountain Road out of the town of Beech Creek to ascend the mountain and get on PA144. This road had a sign at the bottom stating that it was closed after 0.9mi. I instead drove to Orviston and got on Dehaas Road which goes up to PA144. I was cruising up the mountain when up ahead it looked like the road turned around a big bush. Turns out it was actually the crown of a large tree that was totally blocking the road. I had a crappy rusted saw that I found on a hike earlier this year that I got out of my trunk and set to work cutting out a tunnel to drive the Corolla through. A man showed up and said, "you'll never get anywhere with that saw!" and said he would drive back to camp to get a chainsaw. I kept cutting away and another man pulled up and said I shouldn't struggle with this saw since his nephew was getting a chainsaw. I still kept cutting and after about 20 minutes got the branches cut or moved out of the way to drive my car through, however the first man returned and started up his chainsaw before I could try driving my car through. He began cutting with no plan and no PPE except sunglasses, and I ended up helping him swamp the cut logs and branches. After another 20 minutes the road was totally clear and he exclaimed that I'd be nowhere with that handsaw, despite the fact that I could have been on my way 20 minutes earlier... After being mansplained, I followed Dehaas Road up to 144 and took a right, driving to a pull off at the pipeline crossing. Note that there is a scenic overlook in both directions on 144 not far from the pipeline.

I began walking up the big linear meadow and noticed many wildflowers. I noticed seven different kinds and it was a great mix of white, yellow, pink, and purple. At the crest of the hill I went right into the blooming mountain alders. They were at times over my head, but sticking to where they were only 4' high was the smoothest going. There is a game trail into here, but it's not the easiest to find initially. The top was in a patch of blueberry bushes 2' high. It's hard to read the ground, but there were a few bumps here to stand on and my location was on the spot elevation on the Peakbagger App.

I made it out quicker than I came in and ate a few blueberries along the way. On to Cameron COHP.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:145 ft / 44 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Trailhead:Route 144  2230 ft / 679 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:16 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:12 Minutes

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