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Ascent of Black Mountain on 2014-07-19

Climber: John E Sarna

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, July 19, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Black Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:1552 ft / 473 m

Ascent Trip Report

Couldn't find Hilltop Park on my car GPS, but I did find a trailhead on the saddle to the north of Black. The directions on the trailhead board were confusing, saying to stay off the eroded slope. I couldn't find a trail at first, but a guy pulled up and said this was a good spot for hang-gliding, whereupon he strapped a 40# hang-glider to his back and started up a trail I didn't notice, but should have, since it went past the board and adjacent to a few wooden posts. I quickly followed him up a very nice but steep trail to a jump off point. He then directed me to continue up a side trail to the top. Lots of microwave towers, along with a mountain bikee, on top. I was glad for my GPS on the way down, since I'd passed several side trails which could easily have taken me on a long detour.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:921 ft / 281 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Glider Point Trail from the north
    Trailhead:Glider Point Trail (hang-glider) trailhead north o  631 ft / 192 m
    Grade/Class:1
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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