Ascent of Mount Pleasant on 2010-06-24

Climber: Andy Hatzos

Date:Thursday, June 24, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Pleasant
    Elevation:1100 ft / 335 m

Ascent Trip Report

It's a short and easy hike, but worthy of note because Mount Pleasant offers an unusually interesting summit for Ohio.

Mount Pleasant is located in Rising Park, which is on the north side of the city of Lancaster, Ohio. There are numerous parking lots throughout the park, but the closest to the trailhead is just east of some tennis courts (N 39.7270 W 82.5943).

The trail winds southeast up the east side of Mt. Pleasant before gaining the ridge and splitting off in a few directions. A short path to the east leads to a second (lower) summit with no views. The main trail heads to the west, and ascends a series of large sandstone slabs that jut against the edge of the hill on its southwestern edge. The cliffs offer magnificent views of Lancaster and the central Ohio landscape, from about 250 feet above the city's downtown elevation. Most of the cliff edges have vertical drops of at least 50 feet, so the city has installed guard rails around some of the edges. These are not a distraction to the views at all, and can easily be ducked under to get closer to the edge.

The summit of Mount Pleasant is located in a wooded area just north or northeast of the cliffs. There is also a USGS benchmark near the cliffs (a metal rod sticking into the ground) with a few reference marks (standard discs) embedded into the sandstone.

From the point where the trails split off, there is also a third trail that rounds the edge of the cliffs from below. I did not venture onto this trail, but it looked like it would eventually involve a slight bit of exposure and even some scrambling.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Trailhead:Rising Park Parking Lot  900 ft / 274 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:15 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Andy Hatzos
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