Ascent of Black Mountain Peak 4556 on 2011-04-25

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Christian Dunnaway
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, April 25, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Black Mountain Peak 4556
    Location:USA-West Virginia
    Elevation:4556 ft / 1388 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is actually a nice looking mountain view but it is mostly bisected by the scenic highway, boardwalks, and confusing trails, and an overlook so i give it a 4. Only because you get some views, and some rocks. This is a drive up. I planned to go down the trails from the overlook about 1000 feet and then re-ascend to get some gain workout.

I passed on this option because my hiking partner would likely get bored or think me mad and there was the problem of once you get back to the top of the mountain you are back to where the heck is it? The USGS map shows it being just west of the scenic highway. Scouting around on both sides of the highway; following the boardwalk; and taking GPS wandering through the woods and getting vertical readings; was not obvious. I was getting readings within 5 to 10 foot of the spot elevation shown on the USGS in several areas (both above it and below it)and the accuracy of the unit is not that reliable so i finally called it good enough as i could not visually see anything higher. I prefer a peak that you can climb and the peak is obvious than one where you have wander through the woods with a GPS. A nice overlook though is nearby.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:71 ft / 21 m
    Total Elevation Loss:71 ft / 21 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
nice out
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:71 ft / 21 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 56 ft / 17 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Loss on way in:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Route:wandering from parking overlook
    Start Trailhead:4500 ft / 1371 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:56 ft / 17 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    End Trailhead:same  4500 ft / 1371 m

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