Ascent of Black Pine Mountains High Point on 2011-08-10

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Date:Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Pine Mountains High Point
    Elevation:9395 ft / 2863 m

Ascent Trip Report

I followed Dean's directions on his Summit Post page for approaching the Black Pine Mountains High Point which is Black Peak. From Hwy 81 south of Malta turn east on teh signed Sixmile Canyon Road and zero your odometer. Go 5.5 miles and turn right on a rutted road. At 6.2 miles turn left, at 7.2 miles turn left, at 7.8 miles enter the Sawtooth National Forest, at 8.6 miles go through a gate, pass a small reservoir, and t 9.1 miles go through another gate. At 9.5 miles cross a bridge, I car camped at the great camping spot on the right, and in the morning drove another .6 miles up the canyon and parked at the trailhead at 6,280 ft.

I hiked up the ATV track until I was past the talus slopes on my left and then turned left and climbed the steep slope up to the ridge. Once on the ridge, the route is easy to follow. Just climb the ridge up to about 8,800 ft where it starts to get a little brushy and then bushwhack through this brush up to the saddle on the left. The Black summit is just beyond the saddle.

After signing in, I hiked the ridgeline over to Black Pine Peak. My GPS indicated that Black Pine Peak was higher than Black Peak, but someone else has determined the opposite. I think they are within 2 ft of each other so I climbed them both. Great views from both peaks.

There are some long brushy slopes on the west side of the ridge, so I came all the way back over to my ascent route before descending back to the trailhead.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3397 ft / 1035 m
    Distance:6.4 mi / 10.3 km
    Route:Sixmile Canyon
    Trailhead:5998 ft / 1828 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dennis Poulin
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