Mount Davis (Pennsylvania)

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Mount Davis
Observation tower atop Mt. Davis, Pennsylvania.JPG
Observation tower atop Mt. Davis, Pennsylvania
Elevation3,213 ft (979 m)[1]
Prominence653 ft (199 m)[1]
ListingU.S. state high point
Location
Mount Davis (Pennsylvania) is located in Pennsylvania
Mount Davis
Somerset County, Pennsylvania, U.S.
RangeAllegheny Mountains
Coordinates39°47′10″N 79°10′33″W / 39.7861908°N 79.1758631°W / 39.7861908; -79.1758631Coordinates: 39°47′10″N 79°10′33″W / 39.7861908°N 79.1758631°W / 39.7861908; -79.1758631[2]
Topo mapUSGS Markleton and Meyersdale
Climbing
Easiest routePaved road leads almost directly to the summit, with a very short trail the rest of the way.
 
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Mount Davis
Observation tower atop Mt. Davis, Pennsylvania.JPG
Observation tower atop Mt. Davis, Pennsylvania
Elevation3,213 ft (979 m)[1]
Prominence653 ft (199 m)[1]
ListingU.S. state high point
Location
Mount Davis (Pennsylvania) is located in Pennsylvania
Mount Davis
Somerset County, Pennsylvania, U.S.
RangeAllegheny Mountains
Coordinates39°47′10″N 79°10′33″W / 39.7861908°N 79.1758631°W / 39.7861908; -79.1758631Coordinates: 39°47′10″N 79°10′33″W / 39.7861908°N 79.1758631°W / 39.7861908; -79.1758631[2]
Topo mapUSGS Markleton and Meyersdale
Climbing
Easiest routePaved road leads almost directly to the summit, with a very short trail the rest of the way.

Mount Davis (3,213 ft or 979 m) is the highest point in Pennsylvania. Located in the 5,685 acres (2,301 ha) Forbes State Forest near the hamlet of Markleton in Elk Lick Township, Somerset County, it lies on a gentle crest of a 30-mile (50 km) ridge line extending from central Somerset County southward into Garrett County, Maryland known as Negro Mountain.

The high point was named for John Nelson Davis, an early settler, American Civil War veteran, surveyor, and naturalist known for his studies of the mountain's flora and fauna. During the Civil War, Davis served in the 102nd Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry, Company E.[3]

The summit of Mt. Davis may be ascended by car or a number of hiking trails. Its surrounds are noted for their patterns of unusual circular stone formed by periglacial action. A metal observation tower with a relief map of the region stands near the true high point.

Trails[edit]

Trails in the park include:[4]

View from observation tower (looking SE)

Climate[edit]

Weather on the peak is pleasant in the summer, and quite harsh in the winter. It is characterized by heavy winds, rain, and hail in the summer, to ice storms and blizzards in the winter. Temperature extremes range from −36 to 29 °C (−33 to 84 °F), though frosts have been recorded in every month of the year. Summer conditions are generally mild and winters are characterized by a lot of snowfall. Average annual precipitation ranges from 38 to 42 inches (970 to 1,100 mm).[citation needed]

Mount Davis has a humid continental climate that is affected by the high elevation significantly enough that the area feels slightly more like a cooler version of the climate zone during the winter months. Due to its high elevation, the area is colder much of the winter than Altoona, Johnstown, or State College, despite being well south of either location. During the summer months, the area is a retreat for other Pennsylvainans with high temperatures averaging around 15 degrees cooler than Pittsburgh and eastern portions of the state. Mount Davis recorded many impressive record lows and is quite close to the state's all time coldest temperature.

Climate data for Mount Davis, Pennsylvania
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °F (°C)59
(15)
66
(19)
69
(21)
75
(24)
79
(26)
84
(29)
86
(30)
83
(28)
79
(26)
67
(19)
64
(18)
60
(16)
86
(30)
Average high °F (°C)26
(−3)
29
(−2)
35
(2)
49
(9)
60
(16)
68
(20)
74
(23)
74
(23)
65
(18)
53
(12)
41
(5)
30
(−1)
49
(9)
Average low °F (°C)7
(−14)
10
(−12)
17
(−8)
25
(−4)
34
(1)
44
(7)
55
(13)
51
(11)
44
(7)
29
(−2)
24
(−4)
13
(−11)
35
(2)
Record low °F (°C)−38
(−39)
−31
(−35)
−24
(−31)
−5
(−21)
12
(−11)
19
(−7)
32
(0)
30
(−1)
22
(−6)
7
(−14)
−12
(−24)
−24
(−31)
−38
(−39)
Precipitation inches (mm)3.7
(94)
3.3
(84)
3.5
(89)
3.8
(97)
4.3
(109)
4.5
(114)
5.0
(127)
4.8
(122)
4.4
(112)
3.1
(79)
4.6
(117)
5.1
(130)
50.1
(1,273)
Snowfall inches (cm)44.3
(112.5)
27.8
(70.6)
25.7
(65.3)
10.8
(27.4)
3.2
(8.1)
Trace0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
2.1
(5.3)
13.1
(33.3)
23.1
(58.7)
151.1
(383.8)
Source: [5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mount Davis". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  2. ^ "Mount Davis". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  3. ^ nps.gov/civilwar. "Civil War National Park Service". Retrieved 2013-04-07. 
  4. ^ "Mount Davis". SummitPost.org. http://www.summitpost.org/page/151425. Retrieved 2009-01-30.
  5. ^ "Seven Springs Mountain Resort". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
360° panoramic view from observation tower on Mt. Davis