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
    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.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:80 ft / 24 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.2 mi / 3.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:north ridge trail nb/bushwack from big bald peak
    Start 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
    End Trailhead:bald peak TH on mountain road   
Ascent Part of Trip: pleasant

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Pleasant Mountain2010-09-19 a1566 ft / 477 m
2Pleasant Mountain-Big Bald Peak2010-09-19 b312 ft / 95 m
3Pleasant Mountain-North Slope2010-09-19 c80 ft / 24 m
Total Trip Gain: 1958 ft / 596 m    Total Trip Loss: 120 ft / 37 m

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