Ascent of Bears Head on 2001-05-23

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Wednesday, May 23, 2001
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bears Head
    Elevation:2094 ft / 638 m

Ascent Trip Report

After my battle with the logs in Luzerne County, I drove to Northumberland County for an attempt of its highpoint, near the city of Shamokin. However, the access road was extremely muddy with big pools of water from yesterday's rain, so I didn't chance it and moved on.

I was deep in the hills and had to follow meandering state routes through many little towns such as Kulpmont, Mt. Carmel and Ashland. They're all lovely places, with old-style homes, narrow streets, rustic shops, and so on. However, I was forced to drive slowly and after awhile, I was tired of the old-timey charm. Thus, when I finally got onto Interstate-81, I slightly exceeded the posted speed limit until I drove to the town of Delano. The highest point of Schuylkill County, Bears Head, is nearby.

Northeast of town, I drove PA-1016 to a well-maintained gravel road to the top, parking in a pull-out about 100 feet short of the towers at the top. I explored the main tower area plus a side road to be sure. My visit was short, but I was happy to get an easy one into the record books.

At some point I stopped in a gas station or mini-mart, I forget what exactly, and asked how "Schuylkill" is pronounced. The guy told me "skoo-kull". Now I knew.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Trailhead:2074 ft / 632 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike

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