Peak(s):  Pennsylvania Mtn  -  13,006 feet
Date Posted:  03/04/2021
Date Climbed:   03/01/2021
Author:  WildWanderer
 From Pennsylvania Trailhead   

Pennsylvania Mountain – 13,006


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RT Length: 5.35 miles

Elevation Gain: 1509’


Due to Covid, cookie sales were recently extended to March 21, so it looks like I'll be sticking to hikes close to home for a few more weeks. I had a lot of work to get done today, the weather was really nice, and I was itching to get out and hike something above 10K, so I picked a peak I could do relatively quickly. In fact, I think the drive to the trailhead was longer than the hike. I arrived at the Pennsylvania Mountain Trailhead at 6am and got out my gear. There are a few turns to navigate to get too the trailhead. Pro tip: When I’m unsure if I’ll have cell service on my drive out (thus being able to pull up Google Maps, etc.) I create a road map using CalTopo and add it to my GPX coordinates for the day. This way I can follow a GPX track back to the main road when I’m done with my hike and don’t need to worry about memorizing or printing out directions.


I parked at the end of a plowed dirt road in a residential area. The trail starts to the right


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I began with my snowshoes on, and kept them on until making it out of the trees. I’m sure there’s a trail here in summer, but in winter there wasn’t a solid trail (but there were a lot of ski tracks). I headed northwest through the trees and willows to treeline.


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Once at treeline the route was obvious. I started climbing the east ridge


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The only downside? There were a few false summits


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This was the last one however, and included a small decrease in elevation and a plateau before increasing in elevation again. Here’s the overall route. It’s really more of a hill at this point than a peak


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It’s best to stick to the ridge so you don’t lose too much elevation. Here I saw a small herd of elk. They’re in the photos, but too far away to really make out. I headed northwest towards a mining claim and rock outcropping


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Here’s the final push to the summit


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The summit was relatively flat. It was difficult to determine exactly where the true summit was. There was a wind break and a cairns, but they didn’t seem to be at the true high point. I decided to just walk around all over the summit.


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Summit Selfie


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Summit of Pennsylvania Mountain


This had been a quick hike so far, and the day was beautiful. I wanted to stay longer on the summit, but I had to get to work. I turned around and headed back the way I’d hiked in


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I stopped by the mine on the way back. There wasn’t much left of the structure


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Then I aimed for the knob in the ridge


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And then headed back down all those small, false summits


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There were numbered markers scattered all over the hillside. I think they have something to do with the mining claims


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Back near treeline I put my snowshoes back on and headed through the trees and willows to the parking area.


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Here’s a look at the road out


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I made it back to my truck at 8am, making this a 5.35 mile hike with 1509’ of elevation gain in 2 hours.


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This was a very nice and short, mild winter hike.




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Comments or Questions
CaptCO

I’d love to buy some cookies
03/04/2021 21:02
Thanks for the report.


WildWanderer

Come to a 14er Happy Hour
03/05/2021 02:41
I give away boxes for free.



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