Buck Mountain is the highest mountain in the Wyanockies.
There are many named mountains in the Wyanockies such as Saddle Mountain, Hi-Point, and Carris Hill, but none satisfies our col requirements. Buck Mountain is the reason why.
Buck Mountain is a long north-south ridge in Norvin Green State Park. The ridge is flat, but has interesting rock outcroppings and glacial erratics. The climb up Buck is steep from Otter Hole, but rewards you with good southerly views. Combine Buck Mountain with Wyanockie Torne for a peakbagging two-fer.
Parked at Otter Hole, followed blue Hewitt-Butler trail heading north, joined Otter Hole trail, veered west onto yellow Wyanokie Crest trail for a while, turned right onto red and white Wyanokie Circular Trail, and turned back onto green Otter Hole trail to eventually retrace our steps back to the parking lot. Great ~4 mile loop with a fun scramble up Buck Mountain early on in the trip.
Lovely views on the way up - one of my favorite mountains and one of my favorite parks (Norvin Green). Some scrambles during the steep parts which my 6 year old loves!
Started at otter hole parking lot off of Glenwild Avenue, took highlands trail until highlands trail and yellow trail split, continued on yellow to summit then returned back to car. Saw a handful of people, including two guys with ATVs at the top of the steep ascent after highlands trail splits from green. Took a break at car then headed to Torne