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Ascent of Pleasant Mountain-North Slope on 2010-09-19

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Sunday, September 19, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pleasant Mountain-North Slope
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:1880 ft / 573 m

Ascent Trip Report

Overall today's hike over the Pleasant Mountain Range was 5.3 miles and less than 4 hours, including 2 breaks and the time required to look-for/find the Cumberland County Highpoint.

The prize today was the Cumberland County Highpoint "Pleasant Mountain-North Slope", being a PB I opted for a route going over the most number of Peaks (3) .... a point-to-point loop hike over the Pleasant Mountain North-South Range. I ascended the east side on the Ledges Trail (from its TH on Mountain Road) to "PLEASANT MOUNTAIN", then nb on Bald Peak Trail to "BIG BALD PEAK", where I continued on the North Ridge Trail to the Ranges most Northern Peak followed by a bushwack to "PLEASANT MOUNTAIN-NORTH SLOPE".
I descended the North Ridge Trail/Sue's Way/Bald Peak Trails (to its TH on Mountain Road, about 1.4 miles north of the Ledges TH). I took the time to visit the Shawnee's Ski Lift Station, they are building a new Tower on top. The Bald Peak TH on Mountain Road is about 1.3 miles south of the Shawnee Main Ski Entrance.

From Big Bald Peak I hiked nb on the North Ridge Trail for about .4 miles to the northern most Peak on the Range, there I continued nb as the trail descends a very short distance to a flat area with very open woods, then bushwacked north to an east-west low ridge (3' to 6' high) with some rock outcrop, just past a shallow depression in the land. From all reports this is the approx Oxford/Cumberland County Line. North of here are very steep rock ledges and just below is the Shawnee Ski Station.
I tramped all over the place (unfortunately without my GPS) ended up identifying the highest point on the low ridge. I personally had no way of identifying the County Line, no reference points whatsoever. Dave Covill writes about "the path was well blazed in both directions by blue squares". I searched for this path/blazes with no luck, one thing for sure, I am confident I stepped on the Highpoint.

There were a number of cars at both TH's, however I only met one group on today's route.

"CLIMB THE MOUNTAINS AND GET THEIR GOOD TIDINGS. NATURE'S PEACE WILL FLOW INTO YOU AS THE SUNSHINE FLOWS INTO THE TREES .........." .....John Muir
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:80 ft / 25 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:80 ft / 25 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:north ridge trail nb/bushwack from big bald peak
    Trailhead:big bald peak  1800 ft / 548 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:north ridge trail/sue's way/bald peak trail
    Trailhead:bald peak TH on mountain road   
Ascent Part of Trip: pleasant

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Pleasant Mountain2010-09-19 a
2Pleasant Mountain-Big Bald Peak2010-09-19 b
3Pleasant Mountain-North Slope2010-09-19 c



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