Ascent to Mount Pleasant-Mount Pleasant id'd on TOPO!GPS on 2012-08-10

Climber: John Sarna

Others in Party:April Sarna
Date:Friday, August 10, 2012
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Mount Pleasant - Mount Pleasant id'd on TOPO!GPS
    Elevation:7067 ft / 2154 m
    Remaining Elevation:53 ft / 16 m (2% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Aside: I may have been on Mount Pleasant, 7067', but not the highest point in the Wilderness area, 7120', which is a 1/2 mi to the west and marked on Peakbagger as Mount Pleasant. In any case, here's what I wrote on this:

A sign was posted at trailhead that this trail was closed and we'd be breaking the law if we went into this fire area, which, on careful reading, said the entire restricted area was north of Hwy 70; so, we called the number on the sign, and, after a half hour of calling different folks and pointing out that the restricted area was pretty far north of us, we got permission to go in for the day only. They said they were concerned that the fire was uncontrolled, as was the weather, and might, in a day or even an hour, start to drive the fire toward us. As for the hike, it was a long and hot for first mile or so up from the pass until we got under the pines, followed by a series of ups and downs along a ridge, before we needed to leave the trail near the peak. The trail was the PCT and relatively easy to follow, but it did not follow the route along the ridge I'd picked off the PCT website. We left the trail as it veered away from Pleasant Mtn at N39 57.632 W121 10.095. The off-trail was initially slow going uphill through the downed trees, which were common throughout the whole area. The final challenge was the few feet of thick foilage we had to climb over to get to the top of each of the two 15' summit blocks, either of which could have been the 7067' high point. However, I couldn't find a register on either. The views from the top were limited, but enough so we could occasionally see the red flames from the fire, and a plane dropping fire retardant, visible through the thick plumes of smoke. While we were glad to see the smoke being driven away from us by the wind, it appeared that the fire was getting more intense, so we quickly went down to find the PCT and hike back toward the car, with a stop at Spanish Peak (an extra mile on a good trail) on the way. This peak had excellent views, a register, and was visited often.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2235 ft / 681 m
    Total Elevation Loss:600 ft / 182 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2235 ft / 681 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1635 ft / 499 m; Extra: 600 ft / 182m
    Loss on way in:600 ft / 182 m
    Distance:8.1 mi / 13.1 km
    Start Trailhead:Buck's Lake Summit  5432 ft / 1655 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Pleasant-Spanish (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1(Attempt) Mount Pleasant2012-08-102235 ft / 681 m
2Spanish Peak2012-08-10750 ft / 229 m
Total Trip Gain: 2985 ft / 910 m    Total Trip Loss: 2160 ft / 658 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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