Ascent of Red Rock Mountain-West Slope on 2001-05-23

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Wednesday, May 23, 2001
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Red Rock Mountain-West Slope
    Elevation:2420 ft / 737 m

Ascent Trip Report

I drove PA-487 from Danville to some side logging roads that lead to the highest point of Columbia County. This one would require some detective work in the field.

I parked in a clearing and hiked up a road, bypassing big piles of logs ready for transport. I saw no one and in moments I had topped out on the small hilltop near a lookout tower. This is not the highpoint, as the hilltop is in Luzerne County. The Columbia County highpoint is on its boundary, where it meets with Sullivan and Luzerne counties.

I followed a path west to some trees marked with posted notices. This was promising as it likely indicated the county boundary. I then paced the whole area, meandering into and out of the trees. In moments I found a white-painted cement block about a foot high, solidly planted in the gorund. I presumed this to be a surveyor's point at which the three counties meet. If so, then I had confirmation I was in the right place.

I spent 40 minutes here before returning to my car, a total journey of two miles.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Trailhead:2320 ft / 707 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country

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