Ascent of Black Mountain on 2013-01-19

Climber: Ben Morrow

Others in Party:Matt Dagneault
Date:Saturday, January 19, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2640 ft / 804 m

Ascent Trip Report

The ADK Glens Falls-Saratoga chapter added a winter portion to their popular Fire Tower Challenge last year, so I'm revisiting some of them this winter to work on that list.

The weather was nice for mid-January. There were some clouds out and the temperature was high-30's. We brought along snowshoes but left them in the truck with there being only 1-2 in. on snow on the ground. The only real issue was ice on the trail. We had some warm temperatures lately and most of the snow around had melted. This caused the trail to be very slick in some spots, but far from difficult. It was very windy at the top and the windmill near the tower was whipping around to the point where we felt a little uncomfortable. Where the great view of the lake is on the north side of the summit, we were sheltered from the wind coming from the west and had a quick lunch and took some pics. Had a nice time with my friend Matt and it got me itching to go again soon.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1046 ft / 319 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:Black Mt. trail from the East
    Trailhead:TH on Pike Brook Rd.  1594 ft / 485 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles

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