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1HappyHiker
08-21-2010, 05:30 PM
A monadnock is defined as an isolated rock hill, knob, ridge, or small mountain that rises abruptly from a gently sloping or virtually level surrounding plain. Located near Bridgton, Maine (about 20 miles east of Conway, NH) is Pleasant Mountain which I think might qualify as being a monadnock.

Although its highest point is just 2006 feet, this mountain stretches for about 4 miles on a north-south line. Most likely you've seen it from one place or another during your travels. The snapshot below was taken from Middle Mountain in North Conway. It's obviously a winter scene, but it's the only photo I could quickly locate.


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Since Pleasant Mountain can be seen from so many mountaintops in New Hampshire, it has been on my list to visit for a number of years. This past Thursday, I decided to make the 1.5 hour drive from my home in Bethlehem and hike up this mountain.

The route I chose for my hike was a loop involving the Bald Peak Trail and The Ledges Trail. I did a roadwalk between the two trailheads. It was probably the most pleasant (no pun intended) roadwalk I've done. The road wound its way through a nice hardwood forest, and only a handful of cars passed by me.

Much as I expected, the views from Pleasant Mountain are expansive due to how and where it is located. However, the westward views toward the mountain peaks in New Hampshire are too distant to make out much in the way of detail. I have minimal skills at picking out and identifying peaks. However, I do know the basic shapes of some of the major features and was able to pick out a few of the more prominent landmarks such as the Presidential Range for example!

Below is a snapshot of an un-zoomed westerly view toward New Hampshire.


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And, below is a snapshot which is looking in the same direction, however it is zoomed to highlight the Presidential Range.


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So, although the westerly views of the mountains are expansive, they are quite distant. However, things are a bit different on Pleasant Mountain's eastern side.
Here, the mountain vistas are not as prominent, but there are some nearby features such as Moose Pond. The views overlooking this body of water are quite pleasant (once again, no pun intended!). Below is a snapshot that shows this view.


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Overall, I'm very happy that I finally made this trek to visit Pleasant Mountain. However, it is a longer drive than I generally care to do, especially when there are so many nice hikes that are a much shorter drive from Bethlehem. My curiosity about this mountain has been satisfied. And now when I see it off in the distance from some mountaintop in New Hampshire, I can take satisfaction in knowing that I've been there.:)

1HappyHiker

KSearl
08-21-2010, 07:51 PM
John,

These are great photos and a good TR. I like the last one of Moose Pond a lot. You're lucky that you only have to drive 1.5hrs rarely, to get to a trailhead. 1.5hrs is a short drive my house...you get used to it though.

Also, I saw your TR on VFTT on Flume/Liberty. I would respond to it on that forum, but unfortunately, I can't get a log in because I don't know anyone personally from the forum. But great TR on that one too. I'm planning a trip there soon and you have calmed my nerves a bit regarding the Flume Slide Trail. Extremely helpful!

Thanks again for sharing,
Karl

Snow Miser
08-21-2010, 08:20 PM
Very nice photos and TR John! This mountain just goes to show that one doesn't have to gain much in elevation to get such nice views. Glad your curiosity has been satisfied. Thanks for sharing.

Brad
08-22-2010, 05:45 AM
I did this hike a couple of years ago in the fall and it was nice - almost pleasant. Coming up from the Denmark Road side is an easy trail. We did it from the east - over both summits - then down to the Denmark Road. Having a car spotted at the other end makes it a lot easier.

It is about 15 minutes from my cabin.

KathyC
08-22-2010, 08:20 AM
Thank you John for taking us with you on your journy, as always a great TR and photos.

That lake looks so clean and beautiful...

mtruman
08-22-2010, 09:17 AM
Pleasant indeed! Those views should be even more incredible on a clear fall (or winter) day. Another on to add to the ever growing list...

Brad
08-22-2010, 12:11 PM
Pleasant indeed! Those views should be even more incredible on a clear fall (or winter) day. Another on to add to the ever growing list...
I will do it with you.

mtruman
08-22-2010, 12:57 PM
I will do it with you.

Figured you might Brad - seeing that it's in your back yard ;-)

1HappyHiker
08-22-2010, 09:08 PM
Karl; Bob; Kathy; Mark: It's great to read that you enjoyed this Trip Report, and I thank you for your nice comments. I was a bit hesitant about even posting this one since I was unsure if there would be much interest in a report about this particular location.
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I did this hike a couple of years ago in the fall and it was nice - almost pleasant. Coming up from the Denmark Road side is an easy trail. We did it from the east - over both summits - then down to the Denmark Road. Having a car spotted at the other end makes it a lot easier.
It is about 15 minutes from my cabin.
Brad . . . having a car-spot certainly does seem like the way to go. Also, having a cabin about 15 minutes from this location seems like a darn good idea as well!:)

Brad
08-23-2010, 07:10 AM
Karl; Bob; Kathy; Mark: It's great to read that you enjoyed this Trip Report, and I thank you for your nice comments. I was a bit hesitant about even posting this one since I was unsure if there would be much interest in a report about this particular location.
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Brad . . . having a car-spot certainly does seem like the way to go. Also, having a cabin about 15 minutes from this location seems like a darn good idea as well!:)
As many people here know, I love this area of western Maine. Very close to the NH mountains - lots of lakes and ponds - and close to the ocean. The best thing we ever did was to build the cabin here when we were living in NY. Our focus changed from work-work to being far more relaxed and having fun.

Snow Miser
08-23-2010, 07:49 AM
As many people here know, I love this area of western Maine. Very close to the NH mountains - lots of lakes and ponds - and close to the ocean. The best thing we ever did was to build the cabin here when we were living in NY. Our focus changed from work-work to being far more relaxed and having fun.

And that's why some of us on these forums want to relocate to this region as well.:)