Ascent of Pleasant Ridge on 2014-04-17

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, April 17, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pleasant Ridge
    Location:USA-West Virginia
    Elevation:1260 ft / 384 m

Ascent Trip Report

It took some exploring on obscure back roads before I found my way to Pleasant Ridge Rd. off rt. 18 south of the intersection with 180. I parked along the side of the road near roughly the highest spot on the road where my GPS put the hp coordinates about 2/3 of a mile away. I skirted a large mowed lawn around the back of a house to the woods along the ridge line. There I discovered a decrepit barbed wire fence, and the fence line more or less pointed along my GPS heading. However, this route involved clambering over heavy deadfall as well as some unnecessary up and down. I discovered an abandoned forest track a bit downhill (south) from the ridge and followed it the rest of the way in and most of the way back. There's a steep bushwhack from this track from around 1120 up to the ridge. There are two high knobs on the ridge. I crossed both but the more northeasterly one is about 20 feet higher than the other.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:304 ft / 92 m
    Total Elevation Loss:129 ft / 39 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:267 ft / 81 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 175 ft / 54 m; Extra: 92 ft / 28m
    Loss on way in:92 ft / 28 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Start Trailhead:Pleasant Ridge Rd.  1085 ft / 330 m
    Time:22 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:37 ft / 11 m
    Gain on way out:37 ft / 11 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Time:16 Minutes

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