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Ascent of Pleasants Peak on 2012-10-17

Climber: Brad Stemm

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pleasants Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:4007 ft / 1221 m

Ascent Trip Report

Silverado Motorway Trail(5SO3) switchbacks it's way from a starting elevation near 1,750' to 3,690' over 3.5 miles. The trail is rocky in places but generally well maintained. It passes a helicopter pad about 500 yards before ending at it's intersection with N.Main Divide Road.

Heading NW on the rolling Main Divide, you'll pass a stand of pine trees at 2-1/4 miles and several steep, short-cut ATV roads that are passable on foot but closed to low-clearance vehicles. Lake Elsinor and Irvine Lake come into view occasionally, along with the local towns surrounding them. At 4-1/4 miles a second stand of Pine trees appears as the road rounds a bend, and Pleasants Peak looms ahead. Take the maintained peak trail that rises from the road on the left about 150' past the Pines. The trail climbs the north peak face steadily at first, then turns into a scramble towards the summit which is located before the radio antennae. If hiking in snow, bring an ice axe and practice climbing with it in a cane or stake position on the ascent. Coming down practice plunge stepping or a sitting/crouching glissade. The peak has a marker similar to Bald Peak's 2' tall metal marker, I couldn't find a benchmark.

Hagador Peak(prov, 3,880') and its' antennae is a 1.5 mile rolling hike along the Main Divide north from Pleasants Peak (3mi r/t), and is about 120' lower in elevation. There were no peak registers located at either peak today...
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3457 ft / 1053 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
85 degrees, hot and sunny!
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3457 ft / 1053 m
    Extra Loss:1200 ft / 365 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:Silverado Motorway Trail and N.Main Divide
    Trailhead:Maple Springs Rd at Silverado Trail  1750 ft / 533 m
    Time Up:2 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Pleasants and Hagador Peaks

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Pleasants Peak2012-10-17
2Hagador Peak2012-10-17



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