|Viewpoint near the actual highpoint|
Back in the mountains again! I turned west from the Chesapeake and made my way up the ridges and valleys of Western Maryland before finally coming up to Mt Davis. The summit of Pennsylvania is, unfortunately, not a destination for long distance hiking or bigger adventures, but it does offer some short day hikes.
Getting to Mt Davis is not too tricky but it does involve driving around some driving along beautiful but rugged Pennsylvania back roads.( Directions from Grantville, MD, off of I-68) (Directions from Pittsburgh).
|View from the summit tower|
Getting to the summit from the parking lot takes 5 minutes and there is a fire tower with an observation platform. The view from the summit shows how much of a plateau this area really is. Views go on for miles-
|More views from the top!|
The summit is a modest 3,000 footer but has some surprisingly alpine flora. Like summits in the northeast, the growth is gnarled and stunted. Trees that normally soar over the trails are barely 10-20 feet. That aspect of the trail was as nice as the view. I meandered around the loop trails leisurely. There very little elevation gain or loss.
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