I'm a resident of the northern suburbs of Adelaide, keen to share interesting ideas for weekend activities, especially but not exclusively, north of Gepps Cross.
Published June 9th 2014
Pleasant Walk at Mt Pleasant
Mt Pleasant is located about an hour's drive, north east of Adelaide. The Mt Pleasant Summit Walk is accessed from the Glen Devon Road Traihead, about 3.6km from the township of Mt Pleasant. The Mt Pleasant Summit Walk rewards the hiker with some spectacular scenic vantage points as you wend your way through working pine forests and areas of native flora.
History Before the European settlement of the Mt Pleasant area, it was populated by the Peramangk people. The Peramangk lived in family groups - the men hunted while the women looked after the children and gathered food. During the winters, they lived in fairly fixed campsites, often hollowing out shelters in big gum trees by using fire. During summers, the Peramangk travelled across their nation, trading with their neighbours.
European settlers started arriving in the area in the 1830's, including James Phillis who is credited with giving Mt Pleasant, it's name. There are two versions of the origin of the name 'Pleasant' - James Phillis' sister was called Pleasant and so was the property that the Phillis family owned in Kent. James Phillis planted the first wheat crop to be grown in Mt Pleasant, and with the profits he returned to England and bought a flock of sheep. He brought the sheep back to Mt Pleasant and prospered as a farmer, dying at the ripe old age of 93.
The Walk From the Mt Pleasant township, head away from Adelaide, on Eden Valley Road. After a few minutes, you will see Glen Devon Road on your left. Turn up Glen Devon Road and you will come to the Trailhead on your left. Walk uphill on the trail and after a short distance, you will come to the start of Circuit 1. Circuit 1 will take about 2 hours to walk. You can choose to go either way - I decided to walk anticlockwise, so that I could eat my lunch at the picnic table at the lookout at the end of the walk. Whichever way you decide to go you will walk through a mixture of pine plantations and native forest and experience magnificent views.
Make sure to print out the Walking Guide, which is available at the link below,so you can see where you are as you walk. If you are feeling keen you can always extend your walk to take in Circuit 2 and 3 - you will definitely need to take the Guide with you if you do this, as it is hard to work out where the different Circuits start and end without it.