Ascent of Allegheny National Forest High Point on 2013-06-09

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, June 9, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Allegheny National Forest High Point
    Elevation:2360 ft / 719 m

Ascent Trip Report

I am back for the second time this year County High Pointing (among others) in PA, the goal of this 10 day trip is to complete the outstanding 11 PA Counties. First up today is the Allegheny national Forest HP.

From beautiful historic-downtown Bradford (intersection Hwy#219/346, Forman Street) I drove west on 346 for approx 7 miles to a left bend with a dirt road on the right (gated at 50 yards) GPS 41.96803,-78.67487. I parked here, this was my TH.

I walked the dirt road generally north to a fork at .7 miles where I stayed right and continued east another .6 miles to a gate at a road junction (road comes-in from the right), coordinates 41.98357,-78.76029.

This whole private area is fairly open, has oil/gas installations (strong smell of gas, tanks, oil pumps), has been forested with a lot of dead trees/brush, looks a rough. The tall woods of the Allegheny National Forest can be seen 100+yards to the northwest.

I walked a 295 degree compass line 100 yards directly to the corner of the Allegheny National Forest with a Boundary Marker (post and BM), "US DEPT of Agriculture Forest Service, 70,26", my GPS 41.98397,-78.76215. From this spot the Forest Boundary heads west and north
The high ground is on the same compass line 75 yards beyond inside an 8 foot tall fence. Too fragile to scale, so walked the fence (west and north) finding an opening at 50 yards north of the BM. The ground inside is fairly flat nothing obvious, chose my spot at GPS 41.98442,-78.76287 ..... beautiful open tall maples.

2.8 miles, 1h35 hours RT.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:310 ft / 94 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:road/bushwack nb from hwy 346
    Trailhead:hwy 346 west of Bradford  2050 ft / 624 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:30 Minutes

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