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Ascent of Black Hawk Mountain on 1996-07-04

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Thursday, July 4, 1996
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Hawk Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:10348 ft / 3154 m

Ascent Trip Report

Located in the Emigrant Wilderness of the Stanislaus National Forest. A permit is required for day and overnight trips. Permits can be obtained at the Brightman Forest Office just west of Dardanelle on route 108. The Summit Ranger Station is at: Star Route Box 1295 (Pinecrest), Sonora, CA 95370. Tele: (209) 965-3434

Blackhawk is often climbed on a backpack trip, but can be done in a long dayhike starting from the north at Kennedy Meadows. On route 108 about 8.5 miles west of Sonora Pass take the paved road south for 1.2 miles to the Kennedy Meadows resort and pack station. Signs indicate parking is for customers only and overnight parking is not advised if you are not a guest. Showers are available here for $5.00 up until 8:00PM. Start the hike here on the blocked off road which turns into the well-used trail to Relief Reservoir and points south. You will cross two bridges and pass by a signed junction leading to Kennedy Lake and then reach a green PG&E cabin in about one hour (about 2.1 miles). The trail climbs gradually and then goes along the east side of scenic Relief Reservoir. At about 4.5 miles reach a sign (it says 5 miles) where you go left toward Saucer Meadow and Emigrant Lake. UTM here is: 261100E, 4237200N (NAD27). Continue on to Sheep Camp and then to a large log spanning the creek near the "S" in Summit Creek. UTM is: 263920E, 4233660N. Cross the creek here and go south and then SSW up a ridge with large granite slabs and boulders past two false summits to the top. The one-way distance is about 9 1/4 miles with a gain of 4000 ft. and it took us about 13 hours round-trip due to snow on the upper slopes of the ridge. I estimate strong hikers could make the trip in 11 to 12 hours without the snow. 7/96 RLC
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