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Ascent of Silver Peak on 1998-04-25

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Saturday, April 25, 1998
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Silver Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:6756 ft / 2059 m

Ascent Trip Report

The mountain is known as Blackhawk Mountain with the summit area called Silver Peak. Only the name Blackhawk is shown on the Forest Service map. Gold was first discovered in Blackhawk Canyon in 1871 and the Blackhawk Mine, about a mile north of the summit, was active until 1892 and then revived in 1921 until finally closing in 1942. Silver was discovered on the south slopes in 1873, but the quantites were small. (Robinson, p.78)

Located in the San Bernardino National Forest. The area is open all year. The road 3N36 described below is not gated, but may not be passable in winter months.

There is a road to the top of this peak starting from the northwest side. To reach the start of the road, drive 10.9 miles north on highway 18 from its junction with highway 38 on the north side of Big Bear City. The highway descends steeply in a series of switchbacks into Cushenbury Canyon and passes next to a large cement plant on the left. Pull off on the right at a point 0.2 miles north of milepost 65 opposite the big brown dome of the cement plant. This is the start of forest road 3N36 heading east then southeast up the mountain. This road is steep and rough in places and a 4WD vehicle is recommended. Note the following mileages on the drive to the top: At 0.1 mile go right and at 0.3 miles take the better left route. After 1.2 miles you will go over a crest and continue past Monarch Flat. At 1.5 miles go right at a four-way intersection. At 1.75 miles stay to the right on a less-steep switchback. Then at 2.8 miles in a canyon go left at a switchback. At 3.0 and 3.15 miles stay right at junctions. At 3.6 miles go left and then reach the top of the mountain at 4.1 miles at a parking area on the north side of the summit. You can drive up a short hill or walk to the top where there is an old mine shaft. 4/98 RLC
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