Peak(s):  Pennsylvania Mountain  -  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!

Pennsylvania Mountain Trailhead
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.
Leaving the woods and beginning the ascent up the first hill.
Cairns on the first hill, about .84 mile from the trailhead.
At 1 mile you will find a big hole
Continue up the second hill


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

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.

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.
Easy terrain to Pennsylvania Mtn.
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.
Zoomed in view at the 12er bump from the shelter on Pennsylvania Mountain. Head back that way to return to the trailhead.
"MapMyFitness" android app image closeup shows that I walked all around Penn in search of a summit marker.
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'.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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