Potter County Triple Divide Point, Pennsylvania

Prominence: 180 ft, 55 m

Elevation: 2520+ feet, 768+ meters

True Isolation: 0.84 mi, 1.35 km
Elevation Info:Elevation range: 2520 - 2540 ft
    (20-foot closed contour)
NAVD88 Elevation: 2520 ft / 768 m
    (Range 2520 - 2540 ft)
Peak TypeUnnamed Peak
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)41° 50' 48'' N, 77° 50' 16'' W
41.846739, -77.837706 (Dec Deg)
264414 E 4636654 N, Zone 18 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
County/Second Level RegionPotter
City/TownUlysses twp

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Total ascents/attempts logged by registered users: 9
     Show all viewable ascents/attempts (Total: 7)

Selected Trip Reports:
     2010-05-15 by Michael Schwartz
     2012-11-21 by Ben Lostracco

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This obscure point in rural north-central Pennsylvania is one of the major hydrographic triple divide points of the North American continent.

In a simple schematic, the main divides of the United States form a letter "H"--to the left/west of the "H", water flows to the Pacific; to the right/east, the Atlantic. The upper/north area of the "H" flows to the St. Lawrence or Hudson Bay, while the lower/south zone goes to the Gulf of Mexico. The continental divide in the Rockies forms the left-hand side of the "H", while the Appalachian crest running from eastern Canada south to Florida forms the right hand side.

If you follow that, the Potter County Triple Divide is where the cross-bar of the "H" joins the right hand side. From here, water here flows north to the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence, south to the Ohio and Mississippi, and east to the Altantic, coincidentally in the largest basin and the longest river on the eastern US seaboard, the Susquehanna.

Not far away is Lyon Hill, the highest point in Potter County.

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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 180 ft/55 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 220 ft/67 m
  Key Col: 2340 ft/713 m
IsolationIsolation Page  (Detailed isolation information)
   Distance: 0.84 mi/1.35 km
   Isolation Limit Point: 41.835, -77.8417
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Cobb Hill  (SSW)
RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Appalachian Mountains
Range3: Appalachian Plateaus
Range4: Allegheny Plateau
Range5: Northern Allegheny Plateau
Ridges/DividesTrans-Continental Divide
Appalachian Divide
Drainage BasinsMajor Triple Divide Point
Lake Ontario
St. Lawrence
Gulf of St. Lawrence
Atlantic Ocean

Gulf of Mexico
Atlantic Ocean
West Branch Susquehanna
Chesapeake Bay
Atlantic-Eastern USA
Atlantic Ocean
Topo MapBrookland O41077g7 1:24,000
Data Source1:25,000 (or larger) Topographic Survey Map

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