Ascent of Tuscarora Mountain on 2001-05-24

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Thursday, May 24, 2001
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Tuscarora Mountain
    Elevation:2458 ft / 749 m

Ascent Trip Report

Big Mountain is the highpoint for both Franklin and Fulton Counties, assuming the county line passes right over the summit. Not all maps are in agreement on this, so to be sure, I also visited nearby Kimber Mountain which was the only other possible (not probable) contender for the Franklin County highpoint.

I left US-30 at the county line sign and followed Augwick Road north about a mile to Tower Road, which led to the top. The roads were paved or gravel and easy to drive. The road rings the top, with parking spaces and places to make short hikes. I walked the top and tagged high rocks and anything else of interest. A 2,458-foot spot elevation was noted on older maps. On the newer maps, a 2,453-foot spot elevation is noted at the south end of the loop road. The county line appears to swing just east of the summit, which would place the entire top in Fulton county. Just to be sure, I walked the perimeter of this road to "get" Franklin's highpoint as well. It shouldn't be this confusing. Grr.

I drove to Kimber Mountain via the tiny town of Enid. From US-30, I took PA-915 north to PA-4013 to Enid, then turned left onto Enid Road, which merged with Schenk Road, which eventually leads to the top of the range. From here, I hiked in on a jeep road, keeping right at a junction, for about half a mile. Where this road crested I bushwhacked southeast to a rounded, wooded summit. While this peak probably has little chance of superceding Big Mountain regardless of where the county line is drawn, I had fun and enjoyed the back roads.

The weather was holding up nicely. It was about 2 in the afternoon and next on my agenda was the state highpoint, Mount Davis.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Trailhead:2438 ft / 743 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail

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