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Pleasant Valley Mountain
Mountain/Rock

Pleasant Valley Mountain

 
Pleasant Valley Mountain

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Montana, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 48.20833°N / 114.74694°W

Object Title: Pleasant Valley Mountain

County: Flathead

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Elevation: 5690 ft / 1734 m

 

Page By: rebelgrizz

Created/Edited: Dec 1, 2011 / Dec 1, 2011

Object ID: 763497

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Overview

I'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.




Getting There

 
Pleasant Valley Mountain
FS Road #5344
 
Pleasant Valley Mountain
"Trailhead"
From Kalispell drive 35.2 miles west on Hwy 2. Turn right on Pleasant Valley Road (at Marion, MT). Drive 1.4 miles through Marion and take the right fork at the "Y" in the road. Drive 4.4 miles until coming to Forest Service Road #538. Turn right on #538 and drive 4.5 miles until coming to un-marked Forest Service Road #5344 on the left. Turn left and park on the side of the road.

Route Information

 
Pleasant Valley Mountain
Road hiking
 
Pleasant Valley Mountain
Begin bushwhack
This is just a straightforward forest service road hike for the first mile, which is fairly level, gaining a little over 200', and you can see the mountain directly in front of you for a good part of it. At about 1 mile the road begins curving to the left, at this point, begin looking for a way up through the vegetation.




 
Pleasant Valley Mountain
Initial slope
 
Pleasant Valley Mountain
False summit






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.







BUSHWHACKING PHOTOS



Pleasant Valley Mountain
Bushwhack after false summit
Pleasant Valley Mountain
More bushwhacking
Pleasant Valley Mountain
Another bushwhacking shot



THE SUMMIT




LOOKING BACK DOWN THE ROUTE




ROUTE STATISTICS
TerrainOne-Way MileageElevation Gain
FS Road #53441.00229'
Bushwhack to summit.47434'
Total1.47663'

Views



Camping and RedTape

Pleasant 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.



Bear Stuff
 



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.

Images