Summit of Mount Pleasant - George Washington National Forest ~ Buena Vista, VA
Elevation - 1,427 feet ~ Elevation Gain while Hiking - 1,350 feet
A TRUE FORCED MARCH, BUT WELL WORTH IT!
Mount Pleasant ranks as one of Virginia’s most aptly named peaks. Few hikes, if any, offer so much for so little work. For the price of a small elevation gain, hikers can climb two of the Blue Ridge’s highest peaks on a loop trail that is, for lack of a better phrase, quite pleasant. Steep, rocky climbs along the final miles to Mount Pleasant will appease the gung-ho hiker in every crowd. Otherwise, it’s easy hiking on wide paths and old roads through thick masses of rhododendron and mountain laurel, forests of oak and ash, and small pockets of high grass open forest. Terrain: Dirt roads and forest footpaths lead through open rock formations, fields, open peaks, mountain meadows, remnant chestnut forests, steep cliffs, and along streams.
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