Ascent of Black Mountain on 2011-05-23
|Date:||Monday, May 23, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||6617 ft / 2016 m|
Ascent Trip ReportBlack Mtn is a long way from anywhere. I approached from the north and the settlement of Gerlach. There is a gravel road heading east from NV 447 between Gerlach and Empire. It is a nice BLM road on the south side of the Black Rock Desert and is marked as BLM 2048. This is the Gerlach/Winnemucca Rd. The sign says it is 96 miles to Winnemucca. Zero you odometer and head east. At 12.1 miles turn right on road 2084, at 32.0 miles go straight at the crossroads, at 41.0 miles turn left on a road with a sign that says Trego is 34 miles and Nightingale is 26 miles. At 36.6 turn left on a lesser road that heads towards the dry lake, at 38.4 reach the Dry Lake and drive out onto it unless it is wet. I drove another 1.5 miles along the east shore of the Dry Lake until I was in line with a drainage that is on the south side of Black Mtn. I parked and hiked from there.
The hike is through short desert brush, but soon I dropped into the dry wash coming our of the drainage. I saw a few neat collared lizards in the wash. The west and south slopes of Black Mtn are steep. My original plan was to hike up to the obvious saddle on the south ridge of Black Mtn and then follow that to the summit. I decided to try going up the south side and it got kind of steep and the rocky areas were loose. I traversed over to the south ridge and followed that to the summit. The benchmark on the summit bears the name "BLUE". Coming down I came down the south ridge all the way to the saddle and then I descended into the wash and followed that all the way back to the Dry Lake and my truck. Great views from the summit. There was a herd of donkeys on the east edge of the Dry Lake that greeted me on my return.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||2200 ft / 670 m|
| Distance:||4.3 mi / 7 km|
| Route:||Dry Lake to South Ridge|
| Trailhead:||4417 ft / 1346 m|
| Route Conditions:||Open Country|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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