Ascent of Pleasants Ridge on 2017-03-15

Climber: David Sanger

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pleasants Ridge
    Elevation:2075 ft / 632 m

Ascent Trip Report

One of the most enjoyable hikes this season. Pleasants Ridge rises high to the east of UC Davis Stebbins Cold Creek Reserve and overlooksMonticello Dam on Lake Berryessa. Starting at the parking lot on Hwy 128 I crossed to another parking lot and started straight up the steep grassy hill, meeting the Pleasants Ridge Trail half way up. The track continues to the 1300 foot level, then turns south towards an intermediate summit at 1656 where it runs out. Scrambling along the rocky ridgeline the rest of the way south was lots of fun, with great views of the lake, and closer up, profuse wildflowers among the rocky outcroppings and pinnacles. One of the summits had a sheer hundred foot slab on the east side, clear evidence of uplift, and looked like good rock for climbing. Before the 2015 Wragg Fire most of this would have been impassable, with thick manzanita, but now the way is clear though the blackened branches that remain.

At the end of the ridge I dropped east off the crest and started up a winding road towards the trump summit. Most of the land here is BLM except of the last quarter of a mile up to the oak covered grassy peak. There was a NGS Benchmark was easy to find marked with a post, and I reported it using the app.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2589 ft / 789 m
    Total Elevation Loss:715 ft / 217 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2589 ft / 789 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1874 ft / 571 m; Extra: 715 ft / 217m
    Loss on way in:715 ft / 217 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.2 km
    Route:Pleasants Ridge trail, cross country, BLM tracks
    Start Trailhead:Stebbins Cold Canyon parking lot  201 ft / 61 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by David Sanger
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