Ascent of Black Mountain on 2013-08-10

Climber: Ken Jones

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, August 10, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Black Mountain
    Elevation:8330 ft / 2538 m

Ascent Trip Report

My drive:

0.0 MT Hwy 141 at virtual MP 2.5, take 3-Mile Road
0.6 Pavement ends
3.5 Continue straight at fork
5.7 Keep left, signed for Ophir Cr and Marysville (FR 136)
7.4 Sign indicates entering Helena NF
8.5 Junction - keep right
8.7 Keep right toward Marysville (left leads to Cave Gulch)
11.1 Signed junction to left. Route 136-DA, "Black Mtn 4" - drive or walk, depending on your vehicle (Steve Sheriff reports that this point is equally easily reached from Marysville)
11.8 Road is bermed, park here

My walk:

I continued up the road/ATV track/trail WNW toward Black Mountain. See the attached GPS track. The trail is easy to follow. At about 8100' there is clear signage indicating that the CDT goes right. There is an old ATV track left. I went up right, and came back on the left fork. The latter is more direct to the summit, if you can follow it. It's obvious for a while, then there is another fork about 8200' where the summit route goes uphill on a less obvious track. There is a double orange blaze on a tree at this junction. If you find the right (fairly obscure) track it will lead a few yards south of the summit cairn and register. A very weathered sign appeared to indicate that the CDT used to go this way.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1410 ft / 429 m
    Route:Trails, a little x-c
    Trailhead:Berm on 136-D1  6920 ft / 2109 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ken Jones
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Note: GPS Tracks may not be accurate, and may not show the best route. Do not follow this route blindly. Conditions change frequently. Use of a GPS unit in the outdoors, even with a pre-loaded track, is no substitute for experience and good judgment. accepts NO responsibility or liability from use of this data.

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