Mount Davis

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The high point is the marker cemented to the top of the rock on the right.

This past weekend we were happy to have the opportunity to travel to Pittsburgh for the wedding of my old friend Bill and my new friend Tricia.  After the wedding we wanted to do a little tourism before we headed home.  You’ll be getting a few little articles on those various things over the next few days.

Today we take you to the highest point in Pennsylvania – Mount Davis.  For those that don’t know, Melanie and I like to hike the US state high points.  Almost every time it a surprisingly similar experience.  You travel up a 1-1/2 lane two-way road through beautiful landscape, you see practically no one else, and it is very peaceful and relaxing.  We have found it a great way to see places that we would have never visited otherwise.  Mount Davis was par for the course.  Even though the day was very overcast and hazy, it was a beautiful drive.  On the approach, you’ll pass a mountain lake that I could definitely vacation on.  I think we saw about five other people on the road once we were within 30 minutes of the summit.  There was absolutely no one else in the park itself.  We didn’t even see a car as we drove in or left.

We had limited time since there were a few other things we wanted to do before our flight home that night.  This meant as soon as we got to the summit, we took a few pictures and got back in the car.  It would have been really nice to hang out there for 30 minutes or so enjoying the solitude and stillness.

Getting there is simple.  Just type “Mount Davis” into Google Maps and you’ll get a paved road route right to the gravel parking lot.  From there you probably walk 100 feet to the “summit.”  It is a weird high point.  Sure, you definitely notice you are driving uphill but it doesn’t seem that much higher than all the area surrounding it.  At the top it is relatively flat and the actual highpoint is a boulder sitting on top of this mostly flat area.

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This tower is very close to the parking lot and the high point (it's that big rock in the background).
This tower is very close to the parking lot and the high point (it’s that big rock in the background).
You can see some turds tried to remove the marker.
You can see some turds tried to remove the marker.
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