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

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

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

Ascent Trip Report

I drove to Cameron County after visiting the Clinton COHP. I turned off of PA46 to drive up Sixmile Hollow Road to the highpoint, hoping that oil and gas wouldn't be working on a Sunday after 5pm. There's a big sign that says "No Unauthorized Motor Vehicles, No Exceptions" at the start of the road. It also says you will be towed if you park on the road. I saw a turnout on PA46 not too far south of this intersection so I went back to there and parked. I assembled my winter commuter bike (better for gravel than my summer one, but also a pretty crappy bike) because I anticipated this.

With my bike in the lowest gear, or one up, I slowly ascended the very steep Sixmile Hollow Road. It's a two lane road until you wrap up to the right and arrive at a checkpoint. A worker was in the booth and I told him I was biking up the highest point in Cameron County. He was a little starttled and surprised, but said I could go up once a semi came down the one lane hill above the checkpoint. I only had to wait one minute, then I continued the slog up the hill. Another steep one. At the top I arrived at a second checkpoint, with the highpoint hill almost within sight. This worker said that he couldn't believe the first checkpoint let me past and that he didn't think I should be up here if I didn't have anything to do with oil and gas. He got on his phone and made a call and when he got off he said he still didn't think I could be here. I told him I wasn't in a motor vehicle, so I could. He made a second call and when he got off he said I was good to go. I asked him what the situation is with land ownership/public access and all he said was that it was, "messed up in my opinion". He thought it was unsafe for me to be biking by big trucks, but I told him I'd just get off the road for anyone coming by. He also said to stay away from the pads with the wells and I agreed. It's under a mile from the second checkpoint to the top, and it has changed since the last available trip report. I biked on the paved road (it was paved the whole way except one flat corner on the first section to this point), then turned left onto a gravel road that I can't recall the name of. This was where hikers in the past had to start from. Now the road ascends and turns right near the top to go to a pad that almost leveled the highpoint. I got off my bike and walked up the 30'+ road cut and found the highpoint to be on the edge of the woods, right on the rim of the roadcut. There were some briars here, so wear appropriate pants. The well around the corner sure made a lot of noise, but I did get a nice evening view of the area, although none of the views extend very far.

On the way down I hoped my brakes were good enough for the gravel hill. They proved good enough, then I bikes back uphill to the second checkpoint. I had to wait 5-10 minutes with a pickup truck for a semi to make it up the one lane hill, then we were cleared to descend. I waved at the first checkpoint worker and he waved back as I went by with speed. There wasn't much peddling from checkpoint 2 down to my car on PA46.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1110 ft / 337 m
    Extra Gain:130 ft / 39 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.9 mi / 11.2 km
    Route:Sixmile Hollow Road
    Trailhead:PA46  1530 ft / 466 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:23 Minutes

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