Ascent of Blue Mountain-Berks County High Point on 2011-01-08

Climber: Ed Wandall

Date:Saturday, January 8, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Blue Mountain-Berks County High Point
    Elevation:1680 ft / 512 m

Ascent Trip Report

Had some business in Reading so I took advantage and headed up Rt. 183 to the AT to bag Berks County's high point. There was about 2 inches of powder snow on the ground and it was snowing when I set out. Met 2 groups of backpackers coming out. Surprisingly, the HP is further from the AT than the topo shows. It appears the trail was re-routed north. Fortunately there is a maintained trail to the high point. After about a mile on the trail you will see a sign stating "B.C. HP 1.7". Follow the white round blazes to another sign marked "Caleb Frantz Memorial Trail." From here it is only 1/10 of a mile to the summit cairn and it is clearly marked with round yellow blazes. Summit register on top. Whoever build the trail did a nice job. I suspect it was the local Boy Scouts.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:240 ft / 73 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:AT to high point trail
    Trailhead:Rt. 183 parking area  1440 ft / 438 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Snowing, Frigid, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Time:40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:30 Minutes

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