Ascent of Cameron County High Point on 2011-11-26

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Date:Saturday, November 26, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cameron County High Point
    Elevation:2380 ft / 725 m

Ascent Trip Report

Rapid expansion of gas drilling in North Central Pennsylvania changes access for this high point (and others). The access road others have noted is now not only posted against unauthorized motorized traffic but also prohibits parking at the entrance to the road. I parked 0.2 mi. north at a Pa. Game Commission access. These prohibitions are rigidly enforced by a guard posted a few yards from the highway. Walking up is still OK. I essentially circled the mountain on the winding (and up and down) roads. I tried to steer clear of the most intense activity, east and north of the highpoint which features a steady stream of heavy trucks and an industrial site that looks like a small refinery. I took a road that skirts south of the hp and then around the back. My first effort to bushwhack up the hill was turned back by dense thorns and underbrush. I found a steep but unproblematic path up the backside (eg west side). Coming down I bushwhacked to the site of heavy activity (guided by the noise) and then dodged the trucks on the way down. Overall this route involved a walk of nearly 8 miles through a no longer tranquil forest.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1288 ft / 392 m
    Total Elevation Loss:490 ft / 149 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.9 mi / 12.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1288 ft / 392 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 798 ft / 243 m; Extra: 490 ft / 149m
    Loss on way in:490 ft / 149 m
    Distance:4.7 mi / 7.6 km
    Start Trailhead:1582 ft / 482 m
    Time:1 Hours 58 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Time:1 Hours 3 Minutes

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