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Ascent of Black Mountain on 2016-05-02

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, May 2, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Black Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:1552 ft / 473 m

Ascent Trip Report

Followed several GPS tracks by those that used the Hilltop Community Park such as Brent M. and Chris Collier and then used Chris Collier for the loop over to do Little Black as well. The terrain is hilly and not wooded with trees but mostly dry shrubs. Thousands of lizards! Easy hike up another of the tall top 100 of SD area. Top is littered with communication towers but at least the views were decent - less crowded and better in my opinion than Cowles but not as interesting as Woodson Mountain. On the way down I made a bad turn and it caused me to re-track and get extra gain but then got back on track and did the Little Black Mountain loop. One note, that the actual track I attempted to follow from Chris Collier was close but signage keeping you off trails with erosion pushed my actual track a bit further north for awhile but it rejoined and you end up climbing Little Black from the backside. Saw a really interesting bird with a bright yellow head - it was tiny and hard to photograph.

Finished the day with another 13 miles of hiking and another 3k vertical so that my 24 hour period in SD included 7 peaks with 25 miles and 6k total. A nice diversion while on business in the area.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:907 ft / 275 m
    Total Elevation Loss:642 ft / 194 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
68F to 70F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:777 ft / 236 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 722 ft / 221 m; Extra: 55 ft / 16m
    Loss on way in:55 ft / 16 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:followed the GPS track of Chris Collier
    Start Trailhead:Hilltop Community Park Parking Lot  830 ft / 252 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:587 ft / 178 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 457 ft / 140 m; Extra: 130 ft / 39m
    Gain on way out:130 ft / 39 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:Little Black Loop
    End Trailhead:saddle between subpeaks  1095 ft / 333 m
Ascent Part of Trip: San Diego Trip

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Kwaay Paay2016-05-01 a1014 ft / 309 m
2Peak 11992016-05-01 b504 ft / 154 m
3Cowles Mountain2016-05-01 c521 ft / 159 m
4Peak 13802016-05-01 d210 ft / 64 m
5Pyles Peak2016-05-01 e279 ft / 85 m
6Cowles Mountain2016-05-01 f541 ft / 165 m
7Woodson Mountain2016-05-02 g1994 ft / 608 m
8Black Mountain2016-05-02 h907 ft / 276 m
9Little Black Mountain2016-05-02 i405 ft / 123 m
Total Trip Gain: 6375 ft / 1943 m    Total Trip Loss: 6290 ft / 1918 m



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