Allegany County Highpoint Trip Report
Date: September 18, 2005
Previous trip reports are valid with the update that Alma Hill Road is now
signed where Dan Case said there was no sign at the road that comes up from Petrolia.
Alma Hill (2,548 ft)
The land is not posted but, as Fallesen wrote, it is private. Dennis Dunham,
the owner, lives in the home near the southeast corner of Alma Hill Road and
Ford Brook Road S. Branch. This is within view of the chained track road.
He has owned the summit including the old lookout tower since 1972. The tower has
been subjected to youthful vandalism in the past, so he appreciates knowing who
is walking on his land. For the sake of future CoHPers, we advise the courtesy
of asking permission even if the land is not posted.
White signs on witness posts made it relatively easy to find the Alma BM and 2
reference markers that flank it in the tall ferns. We agree with Dan Case that
Fallesen's picture is taken at the southern reference marker and not the BM.
Walking around the broad summit assures touching possible HPs hiding in deep
ferns, delivers the occasional whiff of petroleum, and gives a good perspective
on an historic and rusty old pumping arrangement.
one area 7/10 mile south of Alma Hill (2,540+ ft)
We preferred the approach from the microwave tower to bushwhacking from the benchmark.
Authors: Sue Ann Miller and Frank Price