Stumptop in Pleasant Valley / 宜人山谷裏的樹墩頂

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Stumptop is another modest hill around Mineral and Mineral Lake. It’s also right across the highway from Spiraltop that we visited at the beginning of the month. Like the other hills here, it makes an excellent post-work outing.

The summit stump on Stumptop
The summit stump on Stumptop

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Stumptop at a Glance

Access: State Route 7 @ mile 3.25 (access info)
Round Trip: 3.5 miles
Elevation Range: 1520′-2080′
Gear: none
Route Info: Joanne Najdzin
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

Stumptop by Mineral Lake

Stumptop is under the management of Green Diamond Management Company. But most, if not all, of the company’s property is available to the public. Unless otherwise noted, motorized vehicles are off-limits.

I wanted to go up to the nearby Towertop for more exercise. But we settled on this lower peak because of time constraints. Stumptop is the shortest of the hills around Mineral with similar naming.

This way to Stumptop
This way to Stumptop

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Road Walk

The main road would go through the top in 1.75 miles. But along the way were other side roads to explore. Ladd Mountain, Stahl Mountain were prominent landmarks west of Pleasant Valley. Both were also visible throughout the hike.

Later we reached the crest 1.5 miles from the gated entrance. Then it’s another .25 mile to reach the high point. There was one tiny stream en route. But I’d assume it gets pretty dry during the summer months.

Ridgeview
Ridgeview

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Stumptop Summit

The road bypassed the top from the north. Then it continued down the other side of the hill. But we only scrambled a short way up to the actual high point. Just as the name implies, a stump marked this hilltop.

Around Mineral Lake to the east were many other hills. They included Towertop, Mineral Top, and Roundtop. Further out were taller places like Storm King Mountain, National Lookout, and Sawtooth Ridge.

Stumptop east view with Mineral Lake
Stumptop east view with Mineral Lake

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Outro

Several stumps sprinkled the top of Stumptop. It was a little annoying to find a decent spot to sit because of the blackberries’ trailing vines. But the stumps were perfect for that.

The cloudy sky had turned sunny as we walked down the road. We didn’t explore much else. But I especially enjoyed the view out to the valley. It’s pleasant, indeed. Before long, we were back at the gate.

Pleasant Valley in the PM
Pleasant Valley in the PM

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Peggy Shih

    This hike looks shorter and less snowy than your other recent hikes, but photos are still beautiful and scenic. Thanks for the photo and the report.

    1. onehikeaweek

      Thanks! It’s fairly short; check it out sometime with your walking partners.

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