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Ascent of Pleasant Pond Mountain on 2018-06-15

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Willie-Weimaraner Musser
Karen Musser
Date:Friday, June 15, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pleasant Pond Mountain
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:2460 ft / 749 m

Ascent Trip Report

Used the directions for the Keene Book to find this close AT trailhead. Note that the Keen books lists the hike as 3.2 miles RT and it is more like 3.6. Reason is the AT has moved a bit to go up the ridge and lessen the slope to prevent erosion. You will notice that if you follow along and see your progress against the USGS map. Parking holds about 5 cars. The village of Caratunk is tricky it sits behind the main highway 201. find Maine street and it will swing you back to the Pleasant Pond Road which is paved and it will eventually take you to North shore Road which begins paved and passes several fire lanes and you will eventually see a sketchy road into the woods with a brown AT sign and the parking is just down the road and well marked.

The hike is a typical AT tail slog although there are a few sections with some steep rock that is scamper grade class 2+ but no scrambling. The ledges of slate make a nice highway through some Krummholtz with decent views but not ever 360 despite the high prominence. I then proceeded to go grab Middle Mountain for extra credit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1240 ft / 377 m
    Total Elevation Loss:200 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Grade/Class:1, 2+
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
75F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1140 ft / 347 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1040 ft / 317 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:AT
    Start Trailhead:AT Parking Lot NW of Pleasant Pond  1420 ft / 432 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km



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