Ascent of Mount Pleasant on 2019-06-22

Climber: Chad Thomas

Date:Saturday, June 22, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Pleasant
    Elevation:7120 ft / 2170 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had been looking for some more information on the Mill Creek road to Bald Eagle Mountain, as it sounded pretty rough and I really didn’t want walk it, and noticed the Three Lakes Trailhead west of Mount Pleasant. This seemed an obvious choice and would provide an easier route to Mount Pleasant as well as access to Bald Eagle Mountain (but no drive-up) and without any driving required between.

I called the forest office to confirm the road was open and its condition, as I hadn’t seen anything online other than it had been closed are reopened at some point previously, plus it traversed some north facing slopes in a heavy snow year. I was confidently assured with complete certainty it was icy, impassable, closed, etc… and began looking for some alternative. Not finding any I liked… and knowing how ill informed and unknowledgeable forest service employees are… I decided to give it a go anyway. Not sure why I tried in the first place.

24N24 was easy to find north of Lower Bucks Lake, open, and in excellent condition for the most part. Small sections would certainly stop anything less than a good high clearance vehicle well before the trailhead. I used a 4x4 Tacoma but can’t speak to if 4x4 is actually necessary. A couple of stream crossings have a reasonably high approach angle and the road is quite rocky at the end, a complete pile of rocks at one crossing, but it was never a problem… and not a lick of snow or ice. Maybe it is only present when the NFS is around? There was one spot that seemed narrow, a tight fit very close to the edge of falling off, when driving in during the dark. On exit this turned out to be an illusion. And the trail register indicated other parties visited a week earlier, as did several on day visits while we were there.

The lake has a couple of good campsites, no water but for the lake, restrooms which were locked, and a huge parking lot. Easy to find the trail connecting to the PCT and follow east to Mount Pleasant.

We didn’t encounter any significant snow until the Clear Creek crossing. Still easy to follow until last ¾ mile or so to the summit, at which point we just left it and travelled easily through the woods, mostly snow free, straight to the summit area. Visited both areas, but the views and lunch spot far better at the west location, which also had our only good cell reception of the weekend. We relaxed for quite some time before heading down, planning to visit Bald Eagle Mountain the next day, though certainly they could be connected. Had a nice time back at the lake which was warmer than I expected for a good swim.
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