Stumptop by Spiraltop and Mineral Lake in Pleasant Valley + Elbe / 樹墩頂

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Stumptop is a modest hill by Mineral Lake in Pleasant Valley. It’s right across the highway from Spiraltop that we visited earlier in the month. Like the other places here, the peak 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 care of Green Diamond Management Company. But most of its property here is available to the public. Unless otherwise noted, motorized vehicles are off-limits.

I had wanted to go to the nearby Towertop for more exercise. But we settled on this lower peak because we were short on time. Of the hills around Mineral with similar naming, Stumptop is the lowest.

This way to Stumptop
This way to Stumptop

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Road Walk

The main road would reach the top in 1.75 miles, but we explored other side paths along the way. Ladd Mountain and Stahl Mountain were major landmarks to the west, visible throughout the walk.

We soon reached the crest 1.5 miles from the gate. Then another .25 mile took us up to the high point. There was one tiny stream en route, but I’d assume it’s 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 needed to scramble a short way to reach it. Just as the name implies, a stump had marked the hilltop.

Many hills around Mineral Lake included Towertop, Mineral Top, and Roundtop to the east. Then there 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 wasn’t pleasant 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.

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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