Ascent of Black Mountain on 2011-04-25

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Christian Dunaway
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, April 25, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Black Mountain
    Location:USA-West Virginia
    Elevation:4600 ft / 1402 m

Ascent Trip Report

Another deal where the forest service has closed down trails shown on the USGS map and finding them is a challenge. We could not find a trail from the overlooks that clearly made the summit. The trail called black mountain summit seems to take you to the other Black Mountain HP #29 on the west side of the highway but on the east side it plunges down the ravine and then re-emerges near the summit of Black Mountain HP #29 off the wooden boarwalk (not at the summit) see TR for #29. Bottom line - we wanted #21 so we hiked along the scenic HWY until we found the saddle and parked.

Hiking along the ridge we found the trail on the north side of Black Moutain but it was really an abandoned jeep trail that was so grown over with small trees it was not much easier to walk than the woods. The "trail" does not follow the spine of the ridge like the USGS map shows it stays westward of the ridge near the highway so we abandoned it after awhile and bushwhacked the summit. There was a cairn at the top. No views. Three billion gnats. Ate lunch and busted down. Enough bushwhacking for the day - headed over to cranberry to hike a real trail and summit a mountain that is NOT on the threshhold list.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:280 ft / 84 m
    Total Elevation Loss:280 ft / 84 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Grade/Class:1 and 2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:265 ft / 80 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 250 ft / 77 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Loss on way in:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:old USGS trail from N and bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:4350 ft / 1325 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:265 ft / 80 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 250 ft / 77 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Gain on way out:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    End Trailhead:4350 ft / 1325 m

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