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Mount Davis, Pennsylvania


Prominence: 653 ft, 199 m

Elevation: 3213 feet, 979 meters


True Isolation: 24.99 mi, 40.22 km
Elevation Info:NAVD88 Elevation: 3213 ft / 979 m
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)39° 47' 10'' N, 79° 10' 36'' W
39.786009, -79.176802 (Dec Deg)
656117 E 4405597 N, Zone 17 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
State/ProvincePennsylvania (Highest Point)
County/Second Level RegionSomerset (Highest Point)
City/TownElk Lick
Links

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Other Web Sites
     Mount Davis at SummitPost.org
     Davis; Mount at ListsOfJohn.com
     Weather for Mount Davis at Mountain-Forecast.com
     Mt Davis at Summits on the Air (Amateur Radio)

Weather and Snow
     National Weather Service Forecast
     NOAA Snow Depth Map

Lists that contain Mount Davis:
     Contiguous 48 U.S. State High Points (Rank #31)
     U.S. State High Points (Rank #33)
     United States State/Territory High Points (Rank #34)
     EPIC List - States of the USA (Rank #48)
     Combined USA-Canada-Mexico State/Province High Points (Rank #70)
     CoHP High Five List (Rank #145)
     Northeastern USA CoHPs (Rank #49)
     Mid-Atlantic CoHPs (Rank #11)
     High Points of Counties in 13 Original States (Rank #91)
     Pennsylvania County High Points (Rank #1)

Selected Guidebook(s) for this Peak:
       Fifty State Summits, Guide with Maps to State Highpoints (Zumwalt)
       Highpoints of the United States: A Guide to the Fifty State Summits (Holmes)
       Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints (Winger)

Ascent Info

Total ascents/attempts logged by registered Peakbagger.com users: 1075
     Show all viewable ascents/attempts (Total: 965)

Selected Trip Reports:
     1990 07 by Thomas Blair
     1991-07-11 by Dennis Stewart
     2001-05-24 by Scott Surgent
     2007-03-27 by Coby King (GPS Track)
     2008-08-31 by Jamie Bakken
     2010-08-08 by Drew Gajan
     2010-11-17 by William Musser
     2012-04-30 by Bob Bolton
     2012-06-25 by Alan Barber
     2012-07-25 by Joe McGillian
     2013-05-11 by Dave Dunham
     2013-07-15 by Peter Stone
     2013-07-28 by Ryan Turner (GPS Track)
     2014-05-08 by Morris Zwick
     2015-06-20 by Brian Molloy
     2015-09-07 by David Odenwalder
     2015-10-19 by Jimmy Bielli
     2015-12-22 by Curtis Bowden
     2016-08-30 by Austin Mueller (GPS Track)
     2016-09-10 by Eric Lombardo (GPS Track)
     2016-09-17 by Chris Gordon
     2016-12-26 by Eleanor Conwell
     2017-03-13 by Vinnie Slade
     2017-11-23 by Mary Ruth Merkel
     2019-06-12 by Eric Davidson
     2019-06-15 by Paige Madden
     2019-09-20 by Mike Evano
     2020-05-15 by Paige Madden
     2020-05-24 by Kevin Spillman (GPS Track)
     2020-08-27 by Justin Ewing (GPS Track)
     2020-09-06 by Garret Stoops (GPS Track)
     2020-09-28 by Don Elwell
     2020-10-23 by Gustav Sexauer
     2021-09-16 by Raven Matherne (GPS Track)
     2022-03-27 by Lee Newton (GPS Track)
     2022-05-31 by Matt Dougherty (GPS Track)
     2022-06-25 by Gustav Sexauer
     2022-07-24 by Gabriel C
     2022-10-07 by Stephen Pardo (GPS Track)

Nearby Peak Searches:
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     Elevation Ladder from Mount Davis
     Prominence Ladder from Mount Davis

In 2022, analysis of LIDAR datasets for the Mount Davis area discovered that there were two areas, to the north and to the south of the traditional summit area, that could be higher by a few feet of elevation.

This site will continue to list the long-accepted area as the highest point in Pennsylvania until confirmation of these findings by professional surveying methods, such as differential GPS with post-processing of data. LIDAR data is valuable tool, but any kind of remote sensing is no substitute for rigorous on-site surveys. The new candidate points are in very dense and difficult brush, which may complicate LIDAR analysis.

Informally, rangers at Forbes State Forest have told the Highpointers Club that earlier surveys confirmed the accepted high point in a time when the brush was less. Also, the 5-foot high boulder there may not show up in LIDAR data.

If there is confirmation of a new Pennsylvania high point, Peakbagger.com will be updated accordingly.
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The lookout tower on Mount Davis, high point of Pennsylvania (2013-07-15). Photo by Peter Stone.
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 653 ft/199 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 673 ft/205 m
  Line Parent: Backbone Fire Tower
  Key Col: Meadow Mountain Church    2560 ft/780 m
IsolationIsolation Page  (Detailed isolation information)
   Distance: 24.99 mi/40.22 km
   Isolation Limit Point: 39.429169, -79.257206
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Wild Turkey Rock  (S)
RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Appalachian Mountains
Range3: Appalachian Plateaus
Range4: Allegheny Mountains
Range5: Northern Allegheny Mountains
Drainage BasinsMonongahela
Ohio
Mississippi
Gulf of Mexico
Atlantic Ocean
OwnershipLand: Forbes State Forest (Highest Point)
Topo MapMarkleton O39079g2 1:24,000
Route #1 Paved Road
Data Source1:25,000 (or larger) Topographic Survey Map
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Other Photos

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On Mount Davis observation tower (2014-06-29). Photo by Ronald Land.
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Chunk the dog guards the precious Mount Davis benchmark. You must solve a riddle to pass (2015-07-04). Photo by Walter Blume.
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The tower offers quite a view (2016-05-28). Photo by Scott Slayton.
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Standing on the "Highest Point" rock next to the Bronze US Geological Survey Marker (2017-04-10). Photo by John Edwards.
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US Geological Survey Marker (2017-04-10). Photo by John Edwards.
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Highest peak in PA (2017-11-23). Photo by Mary Ruth Merkel.
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View from observation tower (2017-05-27). Photo by Antonio Navas.
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View from overlook (2018-12-26). Photo by Badri Radhakrishnan.
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Relief Map at top of tower (2018-12-26). Photo by Badri Radhakrishnan.
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Action shot of the crux move on the summit rock. :) (2019-04-17). Photo by Lane Jefferson.
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