OverviewI've never attained a summit and had any regrets. I've been disappointed, because one reason I hike and climb is for the views. Pleasant Valley Mountain, located in NW Montana's Salish Mountains, is not going to garner any awards for it's summit views or the lack thereof. But when I reflect back on that fall day, after the prime months of August and September, I am glad that we went. That we just got out, stretched our legs and got some exercise, and got into nature for another day, with my number 1 hiking partner, my wife, JFKitty.
The bushwhack up to the summit is just short of 1/2 mile, gaining a little over 400', the initial portion of the bushwhack is actually not that bad. The worst part is after you attain the false summit and begin heading for the actual summit. Those photos are below...and no views at the summit, the only views were at the false summit.
LOOKING BACK DOWN THE ROUTE
|Terrain||One-Way Mileage||Elevation Gain|
|FS Road #5344||1.00||229'||Bushwhack to summit||.47||434'||Total||1.47||663'|
Camping and RedTapePleasant Valley Mountain is located in the Flathead National Forest which is bear country. Don't hike alone, make noise as you hike, and carry bear spray and know how to use it. We did see bear sign on Pleasant Valley Mountain and the Salish Mountains are chock full of healthy-sized black bears and the occasional grizzly.
There is no water available on this hike. A map of the Flathead National Forest is helpful in negotiating the many Forest Service Roads. Bug repellent is an absolute necessity in Montana in June, July and August.
The closest campground is at Sylvia Lake.