Peak(s):  Pennsylvania Mtn  -  13,006 feet
Date Posted:  07/30/2020
Modified:  07/31/2020
Date Climbed:   07/29/2020
Author:  overthe59hill
 Finding Pennsylvania Mountain   

  • Trailhead: Pennsylvania Mountain TH 11,517' no restrooms
  • Began Hike: 6:20 am
  • Reached Penn. Summit: 8:18 am
  • Back to Car: 10:20 am
  • Roundtrip: <5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1,355'

I returned on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 to summit the mountain I thought that I summited on the prior Saturday. I guess that day I reached the rockpile for a 12er, but not the intended 13er - Pennsylvania Mountain. I arrived at the trailhead a few minutes past 6 and was the only vehicle there. When I returned after my hike four hours later there were seven other cars from: Colorado; Illinois; Wisconsin; Minnesota; Iowa; Alaska; Texas. People everywhere enjoy our mountains!

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Pennsylvania Mountain Trailhead
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At one-tenth of a mile turn left at the fork. The right fork takes you on the Pika Loop Trail. This turn is easy to miss.
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Leaving the woods and beginning the ascent up the first hill.
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Cairns on the first hill, about .84 mile from the trailhead.
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At 1 mile you will find a big hole
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Continue up the second hill

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Wooden cross on the second hill, 1.3 mile from the trailhead.

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At 1.74 mile you'll find the rockpile marking the 12er.

I found a little jar on the east side of the rocks, full of names of hikers. I didn't add mine.

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Looking back at the 12er bump on the way up to Pennsylvania Mtn. You can see there's an old road to cross at about 2.13 miles.
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Easy terrain to Pennsylvania Mtn.
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The Penn Mtn. summit wind shelter with a bench at 2.4 miles. I walked around the vast summit plateau looking for any markers and the shelter is all I found.
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Zoomed in view at the 12er bump from the shelter on Pennsylvania Mountain. Head back that way to return to the trailhead.
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"MapMyFitness" android app image closeup shows that I walked all around Penn in search of a summit marker.
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Map of my entire hike. If the shelter wasn't the actual summit I was close enough. I was all over that area.

My phone elevation app told me the shelter elevation is 13,021', but Pennsylvania Mountain is supposed to be 13,006'.

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Back to my vehicle. Taking the dog poop out with us. Please do likewise if you bring your dogs.



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Comments or Questions
Sbenfield

Revenge hike
07/30/2020 21:04
Nice job going back and getting the true summit !


overthe59hill

Revenge
07/30/2020 21:17
Haha, thanks!


CaptainSuburbia

False summit
07/31/2020 13:51
I wonder how many people hit that first summit and call it good?


overthe59hill

False Summit
07/31/2020 13:54
I think most probably do.


rpdawes

Gaia GPS App
07/31/2020 20:36
Congrats! I would encourage you to try Gaia GPS app, one of the best in business. MapMyFitness is not designed specifically for serious hikers.


overthe59hill

Gaia
08/01/2020 15:52
I just downloaded it and will learn about it. Thanks.



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