Ascent of Birch Rock Hill on 2011-08-08

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Date:Monday, August 8, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Birch Rock Hill
    Elevation:2934 ft / 894 m

Ascent Trip Report

As far as I can determine, Birch Rock Hill is the 10th highest named summit point in Pennsylvania. I parked at a locked gate that I though was the trailhead for a path that would take me on the east side of the hill, but it turned out to be a private driveway. I continued my effort, however, because no one was home, but it was a diffucult bushwhack through thick groves of raspberry bushes. Eventually, I reached a very large construction site with land being cleared for more homes, so future climbers might find problems with access issues since they will most likely have to cross several separate pieces of private property before reaching the summit. As I ascended the east slope of Birch Rock Hill, I encountered a few crude jeep roads or faint trails that I was able to follow once in a while as I passed very isolated hunting cabins, but the last several hundred feet to the top was a mild bushwhack to an easily identified summit boulder. I descended by a completely different route as I followed the path of least resistance down the south side of the hill. This caused me to have a rather long hike back to my car, but the descent route was much better than my ascent choice and I avoided the new construction site.
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