Ascent of Pleasant Mountain-North Slope on 2019-07-26
|Others in Party:||Aimee Bouchard|
|Date:||Friday, July 26, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Pleasant Mountain-North Slope|
| Elevation:||1880 ft / 573 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThe Shawnee Mountain ski lift does not operate in summer months but hikers are welcome. A gentleman with the resort gave us some advice on how to find the summit and allowed us to use their facilities before we embarked. He nodded knowingly when we told him why we were there, and said most visitors just go right up the main slope, which they keep mowed in the summer. We instead followed Mike Dunn's excellent report on cohp.org to find the high point of Cumberland County and the summit itself.
The service road is quite steep in places, and the loose rocks make the footing treacherous. We were also lucky and unfortunate enough to be here on a gorgeous sunny day, which meant hiking uphill in direct sun most of the morning. We probably chose one of the more difficult ways to gain the summit.
The yurt mentioned in Dunn's report is not far from the top of the lift. We were looking for the trail behind it when we heard some people tromping around near the lift, so went to investigate. From there, we easily found the shack behind the lift, and a few yards beyond we found the white-blazed trail.
We turned right and just before you'd go through the little rock canyon, we spied a use path that bypassed it. We took it, reconnected to the trail, then followed the white blazes to the top. We walked all along the height of land that is the highest point of Cumberland County, and called it done. It took longer than it should have, not for any difficulty, but rather the summit area has some of the best Maine pick-your-own blueberries you'll ever find anywhere. The ski area really should promote it on their website! We then walked the additional short distance to the summit of the north peak.
Total distance: 2.8 miles, 1400 feet elevation gain.
|Summary Total Data|
| Quality:||5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
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