Ascent of Black Canyon Peak on 2020-10-16

Climber: Paul McClellan

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, October 16, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Black Canyon Peak
    Elevation:4940 ft / 1505 m

Ascent Trip Report

Driving Route:

These directions are only slightly modified from those from my trip report of 2016-09-18:

0.0 Turn South off Oregon Hwy 86 onto Gulick Road at virtual mile post 56.2 east of Halfway, Oregon.
1.2 Turn Left onto Pine Town Lane
2.5 Continue Straight, crossing a cattle guard and entering BLM Land
2.8 Bear Right at a Y junction
3.7 Bear Right
7.6 Continue Straight (near Point 3242)
8.3 Pass under a power line, road steepens
8.9 Continue over a pass near Round Mountain
9.2 Road turns north
9.4 Pass under a power line, road steepens, Snake River is far below to your right.
10.6 Road deteriorates
11.6 Turn Right uphill
11.8 Park on top of a hill at 3720 feet elevation

Hiking Route:

I visited both the western and eastern summits as described by Ken Jones in his report of 2020-04-26. For what it is worth, my GPS receiver claimed the eastern summit was 4 feet higher.

Immediately descend to the east and follow a fence up a hill, then pass through a fence opening north.
Follow the fence on your left to the top of a rise, then descend to and climb the south face.
Follow the south ridge over a few subsidiary summits and continue up to the communication facility and the west summit.
From the west summit traverse to the northeast, then follow the ridge to the south to the east summit.
From the east summit descend NW into Black Canyon, then climb up SW to regain the ascent route south of the west summit.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2420 ft / 736 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2420 ft / 736 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.9 mi / 12.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1820 ft / 554 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1220 ft / 372 m; Extra: 600 ft / 182m
    Loss on way in:600 ft / 182 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:South Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Road  3720 ft / 1133 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1820 ft / 554 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1220 ft / 372 m; Extra: 600 ft / 182m
    Gain on way out:600 ft / 182 m
    Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Route:South Ridge
    End Trailhead:Road  3720 ft / 1133 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Paul McClellan
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