Ascent of Delaware County High Point on 2001-05-23

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Wednesday, May 23, 2001
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Delaware County High Point
    Elevation:500 ft / 152 m

Ascent Trip Report

Delaware County is a suburb county of Philadelphia, and its highest point is along Valley Forge Road on the county's west boundary. It was about 8:30 p.m. and dark. I hoped I could drive out, find it, tag it and be on my way. However, I had no detailed street map. I had no luck finding Valley Forge Road at first. I had no idea if it was a major boulevard or a small residential street or what.

I stopped into a CVS drug store and bought a city map. This helped a lot. I followed US-30 to the Chester county line sign, then south on Sugartown Road for a mile to Valley Forge Road. Slowly driving along Valley Forge Road, I stopped whenever it crested and made very short walks of the immediate area. There are some nice, upscale homes here, and I did not want to draw attention to myself, given that it was pushing 9:30 p.m. I did not bother to hike onto lawns or hedges or other built-up areas.

It was way late by now, so I attempted to find a nearby hotel, but had no luck. I ended up driving farther than I wanted to before finally finding some hotels off Interstate-95 south of Philadelphia. Today had gone well, with five more Pennsylvania county highponts and the New Jersey state highpoint. The next day, I started with a visit to Ebright Azimuth in Delaware, the state.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5 ft / 1 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Trailhead:495 ft / 150 m

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