Ascent of Lake Mountain on 2001-05-23

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Wednesday, May 23, 2001
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lake Mountain
    Elevation:2180 ft / 664 m

Ascent Trip Report

I followed Interstate-80 to state route PA-115 near the Pocono Raceway, then onto PA-903 past the Carbon County line sign, past the ski area entrance and south some more to a dirt road that leads to the top. I parked in a clearing off the main road.

I followed the road down a dip to a reservoir, then hard-left onto another road that goes to the top. These roads are for the ski area to access its machines, but apparently hikers are not prohibited. However, I saw no one.

After 20 minutes and a mile, I arrived to the top and some towers The highest point is a jumble of rocks about a three-minute walk west of the first towers. I clambered the easy ten feet to tag the top rocks. Someone had thoughtfully installed some metal steps ages ago, but I did not need them.

I jog-walked back to my car, gone a total of 40 minutes. I was now on the east boundary of Pennsylvania, and soon, I would leave the state and visit Kittatinny Mountain, the state highpoint of New Jersey. After that visit, I drove south in the waning daylight toward Philadelphia. Frankly, I was tired and wanted to get a hotel somewhere. However, there was one more easy county highpoint close by, and I wanted to visit it before powering down.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:400 ft / 121 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Trailhead:1780 ft / 542 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail

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