Ascent of Mount Sylvania on 2016-09-03

Climber: John E Sarna

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, September 3, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Sylvania
    Elevation:970 ft / 295 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is a great example of how I would plan ownership of a peak in a residential area--make the highest point a small park for all, including the nearby residents, to enjoy. Mount Sylvania is on a little island of park surrounded by a one-way drive. There are houses on either side of the drive (Nansen Summit) that goes around the top. I parked on the drive and walked a short distance to the top, which was in the center of the grassy knoll that made up the park. I could look between the houses near the top to see various parts of Portland. A few residents were about, one biking, probably coming from the nearby residential streets to get in a bit of exercise. What a refreshing change from finding a high point on someone's property, where access can be an issue. Good peaks with good views, like good art, should be shared. Good art makes it's way into museums where all can view it for a small price, and communities commission artists to put their art in public places where it can be freely seen. Why can't the same be done for these special places which refresh our senses and give us a sense of accomplishment?
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The top of Mount Sylvania is this lawn in a small park with a view of Portland and an odd wind-catcher next to the house (2016-09-03). Photo by John E Sarna.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:30 ft / 9 m
    Total Elevation Loss:30 ft / 9 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:30 ft / 9 m
    Route:up between a couple shrubs to the top of the grass
    Start Trailhead:Nansen Summit (road)  940 ft / 286 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:30 ft / 9 m
    Route:up between a couple shrubs to the grassy top
    End Trailhead:Nan sen Summit (road)  940 ft / 286 m

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