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Pleasant Mountain
Denmark, ME

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Heading up the Firewarden's Trail to the Pleasant Mountain summit
Heading up the Firewarden's Trail to the Pleasant Mountain summit

Route: Fire Warden's Trail

My original plan was to do a short hike after work. I found myself passing through Conway much earlier than planned, so I did some quick number crunching and realized I could get up Pleasant Mountain in time for the sunset if I really booked it. Thus, I continued east.

While conditions at the trailhead looked to be bootable (and warm - mid 30s!), I opted to wear my snowshoes, not knowing how much snow would be up high. As I worked my way up the trail (which doubles as a snowmobile trail), I could see that light traction would have been a better option. After crossing the little bridge, I soon reached one of many blue ice bulges, likely remaining from the heavy rain a few weeks earlier.

Upon arriving at the summit, I was surprised to see how high in the sky the sun still was - while I knew I was moving at a decent place, I was a good 10-15 minutes ahead of plan. Thus, I had time to sit around and get cold in the brisk wind.

The sunset was decent, but not necessarily spectacular. Nonetheless, with a forecast of mostly cloudy skies, the clear skies were most welcome.

I was able to make it back out to the trailhead without using a headlamp. Though cold with the winds up high, the temperatures were still hovering around freezing at the base.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Pleasant Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, February 11, 2010
Hike Commenced: 3:50 PM
Parking Elevation: 460'
Destination: Pleasant Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 3:50 PM
Summit Reached: 4:41 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:51
Trailhead Elevation: 475'
Summit Elevation: 2,006'
Distance: 2.5 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,556'
Hike Ended: 6:02 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:12
Hike Distance: 5 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,606'


Fire Warden's Trail trailhead
Fire Warden's Trail trailhead

Extended ice bulges on the upper Firewarden's Trail
Extended ice bulges on the upper Firewarden's Trail

Looking northwest from the Pleasant Mountain summit at Kearsarge North Mountain (left) and the Presidentials - Click to enlarge
Looking northwest from the Pleasant Mountain summit at Kearsarge North Mountain (left) and the Presidentials

The sunset as seen from Pleasant Mountain - Click to enlarge
The sunset as seen from Pleasant Mountain

Topographic map of Pleasant Mountain - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: From the New Hampshire border, take Route 302 to Wilton-Warren Road (a right). The road will turn to dirt. The trailhead and small parking lot are on the left just after an old wooden bridge.

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