Hike Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant - Search Nearby - Added by Christin Healey

This is a great beginners backpacking trip or hiking day trip to see west and east facing summits and to catch a great sunset and sunrise. One of the prettiest backcountry campsites I have ever experienced with easy access to water, dog friendly and very secluded. A true local gem.

From the Mount Pleasant Parking Area, take the blue blazed Pompey Mountain Trail that is just beyond the horse gate. As it's a loop, you can start at either entrance, but I prefer heading left to get the longer leg of the hike before the summit (always better to have an easy journey down in the am). At mile 2.5, you will intersect with the Henry Lanum Memorial Trail and there is a sign for the summit of Mount Pleasant.

There are also places to camp in this area if you prefer to not camp near the summit or all those spots are taken. It's .5 miles to the summit and some of the prettiest backcountry campsites in Virginia. There are three sites up there, all with small rocky fire pits. Going during the week, I was the only one there hiking and camping.

Near the summit, there are two lookouts -- one east facing and one west facing. Turn left for east, and right for west. The two lookouts are one of my favorite things about backpacking to this spot. The next morning, or when you are done enjoying the view, just head down to the intersection of Henry Lanum Memorial Trail and head left to complete the 6.15 mile loop. If you want, you can combine this trail with Cole Mountain for a 12 mile trip.

The Mount Pleasant Scenic Area is part of the George Washington National Forest, and does not require any passes or permits for entrance, camping, or hiking. This is a pretty off the radar area, but be warned that Boy Scouts do bring their troops here, but they camp near the parking area and not near the summit. Enjoy this little known gem!

Distance

6.15 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

1700 ft Gain

Type

Loop

Activities

Camping, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Scenic
Wildlife

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Views were gorgeous. Our dog loved it. Start early! We didn't see anyone on the way up, but passed a dozen people heading up when we were coming down.

Beautiful Hike

This was a great hike. We took our dog and she was in heaven. We got a little lost when you should turn right and go over the river but once we turned back and got on the right path it was a great (and exhausting) hike up the mountain. The views with breathtaking. Luckily we started super early. We didn't see anyone the whole trip up, but coming back down passed about a dozen people heading up.

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