Ascent of Black Mountain on 2008-11-06

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Thursday, November 6, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2640 ft / 804 m

Ascent Trip Report

This climb completes (see UPDATE #1 below) my quest for the "ADK/Catskill Fire Tower Challenge" and to my surprise the only mountain with a Wind Mill on its summit. The bottom on the Fire Tower is all enclosed, fenced-in and topped with huge Solar Panels. The small summit is somewhat congested, they must be experimenting with Wind and Solar Energy. Just below the summit is a memorial wooden plaque in honor of "Warren J Webster Jr". I would have cherished a photo of the windmill but unfortunately I forgot my camera.

I came here with limited TH location "S of Ticonderoga, on the road to Huletts Landing". I couldn't find it after driving all the way to Huletts landing so I knocked on a number of doors before finally finding someone home. The nice lady answering "of course I know, I've climbed it a number of times".

Directions to the TH from the North.
From Ticonderoga's North end at junction of rte 74 & 22, drive South on rte 22 towards Whitehall. At 19.2 miles turn right on the road to Huletts Landing on Lake George, drive 2.6 miles and turn left on Pike Brook Road, the TH and parking is on the right at .8 miles.
The typical ADK trail is easy to moderate except for the last half mile where its moderately steep.

UPDATE #1 DATED 2017-04-28
Rose and I came down to this nice area of NY State to climb STILLWATER MOUNTAIN and thereby finish my PB List "Fire Tower Challenge (Adirondack/Catskill)" for the THIRD TIME. I FIRST FINISHED this List back in November of 2008 on BLACK MOUNTAIN, then again for the SECOND TIME on May of 2015 on LOON LAKE MOUNTAIN (see their respective TRs) . This is another of those evolving lists, something like "NH 52 with a View".
I should note that of this date there are now 30 mountains on this List.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1340 ft / 408 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:TH on pike brook rd off of huletts landing rd
    Trailhead:19.2 miles S on ticonderoga,on rd to hullets landi  1300 ft / 396 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm
heavy overcast, misty, drizzle as I came out.

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