Mount Davis, Pennsylvania (3,213 feet)

Mount Davis, Pennsylvania (3,213 feet)

Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

July 26th, 2002, 5:27 pm #1

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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

August 14th, 2002, 4:40 am #2

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Mark Stauter
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September 12th, 2002, 6:09 pm #3

Post your trip reports about Pennsylvania's highest point.

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After spending the previous night in Frostburg, Md., I had "conquered" Backbone Mountain in Maryland earlier on the morning of 18 July 2002. Having made excellent time, I decided to bag Mount Davis in Pennsylvania before heading on to Pittsburgh.

I entered Pennsylvania on MD-669 from Grantsville, Md., on the National Road (old US-40). There probably is a shorter direct route, but I had only a state highway map, so I continued on PA-669 to West Salisbury. From there I don't recall that the proper road is marked very well, if at all, but I found it to be the intuitive choice. After driving westbound a few miles you will see the large highway deparment sign announcing you are at Mount Davis, the highest point in Pennsylvania. However, to actually get to the true high point you must continue a little further and turn left on a narrow but black-topped road. Take this a mile or two to the high point parking area. Mount Davis is in a state forest or conservation area, so there is no problem with access.

The place was nearly deserted on a summer Thursday morning. The only vehicle in the lot was a state maintenance truck. The only people I saw there were the state worker and another guy who looked very scruffy. Maybe he was a community-service convict.

From the parking lot it is a very short walk to the summit. There is a metal tower at the high point which affords a nice view above the treetops. And right nearby are a set of markers which expound upon the geology and natural history of the site. They are well worth reading.

The parking lot can hold a lot of cars, and has slots for buses, so I guess I caught the site on a very slow day.

Then it was on to Pittsburgh and PNC Park.
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March 13th, 2004, 11:51 pm #4

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I rose to the summit of Mt. Davis, the Highpoint of Pennsylvania at 3,213 feet, on Tuesday afternoon, October 28th, 2003. It was my 14th state highpoint.

I left my Father’s house in New Jersey at 9:00AM and arrived at Mt. Davis at 3:30PM. It was a clear 50-degree fall day. When I first arrived there was a car with Florida license plates in the parking lot however the people quickly walked to the summit and soon left the area and then I had the mountain all to myself. I climbed the tower, looked at all the exhibits and walked a short trail back to the parking lot. It was quite windy on the tower and I had to hold on to my hat.

I followed the directions provided in the Winger’s guidebook going to Mt. Davis and followed the directions in Don Holmes’ guidebook leaving Mt. Davis. The primary route from the town of Meyersdale, provided by Don Holmes, is actually a better road that is paved all the way to the highpoint and would be the best route if coming south from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, but the only route provided by Charlie and Diane Winger is a lot shorter if you are coming north from I-68 which is probably the way most people would take. This route is listed as an alternate route in the Holmes guidebook. This is Amish country so watch for slow moving horse and buggies on both routes. I saw several on the roadway and many more in peoples’ yards. As I was leaving Mt. Davis I noticed a big sign on SR 2004 indicating that this point of the road was crossing Mt. Davis, the highest point in Pennsylvania. I wonder how many people see that sign and think they are actually at the highpoint and don’t go any further.

If it had still been summer I would have continued south to climb Backbone Mountain in Maryland but since it was starting to get dark I drove back east, where I had seen quite a few Motels from I-68, to try to find a reasonable room for the night. With an early start it would be fairly easy to complete the highpoints of Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia all in one day, especially during summer months when it stays light until 9:00PM. The first few Motels I checked were either full or close to being full and all were more expensive than I prefer. I try not to spend more than $50 per night, especially when I’m by myself. I finally stopped at the Slumberland Motel in Lavale, MD, which had a sign advertising “Senior Discounts”. I got one of their last rooms for $49.80 with my AARP discount. I guess there’s at least one good thing about getting old. I asked why the Motels in the area were so booked and the owner said it was mostly construction workers. I didn’t notice any but apparently there must be lots of construction going on somewhere in the area.
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March 16th, 2004, 7:33 pm #5

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Robert Anderson 4/9/00
http://www.borntorun.com/highpoints/pa.html

Matthew Dibiase (4/22/99)
http://americasroof.com/pa-dibiase.html
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August 1st, 2004, 2:56 pm #6

Post your trip reports about Pennsylvania's highest point.

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First of three highpoints (MD and WV followed). Left Rockland County NY at 6am, didn't arrive in PA until about noon - it took a lot longer than I thought. It was an overcast drive and got excited at the sight of sunlight in harrisburg, but by the time we got there it was raining like hell - and it had just started. We waited in the car for a few minutes until I thought I saw a break in the rain and went for it. The walk to the highpoint from the parking lot is probably less than 200 feet. The break in the rain turned out not to be a break at all and we took cover underneath the observation tower, trying to keep my camera dry. Decided that we might as well climb the stairs and stand underneath the platform rather than wait for a break at ground level. My companion wasn't thrilled with waiting around up this tower because he was afraid of heights. We finally did go up to the top platform and spent about 90 seconds there in the light rain. After this, we returned to cover underneath the tower and the rain really intensified so we waited about 15 minutes during the torrential downpour that followed. Finally, we had enough of a break to go shoot a couple of photos at the actual highpoint and at the sign (which you see above.) When we got to the car, our we summoned our resourceful instincts and found a ziploc bag that enclosed some NY/NJ TC maps that I happened to have left in the car - which was a perfect enclosure which kept my camera dry on the two subsequent highpoints of the day.

A quick warning: Beware of Amish buggies - they travel very slow and they're sometimes concealed behind a hill or a curve, which will surprise you and potentially create a very bad situation if you're driving too fast on these back roads.

We took I-68 to exit 24 and approached through Salisbury.

Photographs will be posted on this page in the next few days: http://turzman.com/projects/highpoints/pa.html
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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 4:26 pm

August 24th, 2004, 4:56 am #7

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10th highpoint! Check out my trip report and pictures at:
http://shelleypotts.com/AboutMe/HighPoints/PA.html

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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 4:26 pm

July 23rd, 2005, 6:40 am #8

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August 14th, 2005, 2:29 pm #9

Post your trip reports about Pennsylvania's highest point.

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I have finally put up Mt. Davis on my site. Enjoy the report here:
http://besettingvice.blogspot.com/2004/ ... vania.html
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Joined: August 27th, 2003, 12:01 am

August 14th, 2005, 10:51 pm #10

There's a very naughty word present on a sign in a picture, sorry I forgot to warn you earlier.
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