Ascent of Black Peak on 2008-07-16

Climber: Eric Noel

Date:Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:9029 ft / 2752 m

Ascent Trip Report

The CDT does not go as shown on the map. It contours along the NE slope rather than going up the ridgeline. I took the CDT until even with the peak and then ascended cross country to this ugly summit. Too many trees for views and old radio shack and equipment make it quite ugly. The rest of the hike though was through pleasant forest. On the return I took an older trail which does more or less follow the ridgeline. It is starting to fade through disuse but it more or less follows where the CDT is shown on the map. In the end it merged back with the CDT at a junction where it was all covered with trees a mere 100 feet or so from the car.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:429 ft / 131 m
    Elevation Loss:429 ft / 131 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Thunderstorm, Hot, Calm, Low Clouds
Hot, Lightning
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:429 ft / 131 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Route:CDT then Cross Country
    Trailhead:8600 ft / 2621 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:429 ft / 131 m
    Route:Abandoned Trail
    Trailhead:8600 ft / 2621 m

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