Ascent of Black Canyon Peak on 2016-09-18

Climber: Paul McClellan

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, September 18, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Black Canyon Peak
    Elevation:4920 ft / 1499 m

Ascent Trip Report

Driving Route:

I planned my driving route ahead of time using topographical mapping software and prerecorded waypoints, then discovered on the drive that the route was the same as Dennis Poulin's of 2011-08-08. However, my notes differed a bit from his so I include them here:

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
2.8 Bear Right at a Y junction
3.7 Bear Right
4.7 Continue Straight
7.6 Continue Straight (near Point 3242) - differs from Dennis's notes
8.3 Pass under a power line
8.9 Continue over a pass near Round Mountain, road turns north
9.4 Pass under a power line
11.6 Turn Right uphill
11.8 Parked on top of a hill at 3720 feet elevation

Hiking Route:

I immediately descended to the east and followed a fence up a hill, then passed through a fence opening north. I followed the fence on my left to the top of a rise, then descended and traversed right and climbed the south ridge. I followed the south ridge over a few subsidiary summits with nice views of Brownlee Dam below me to the southeast and continued up to the communication facility and the summit itself. I had nice views of Hells Canyon to the north, the southern Wallowas to the northwest, Halfway and the distant Elkhorn Mountains to the west, Big Lookout Mountain to the south, and Idaho's Sheep Peak to the west.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1690 ft / 514 m
    Extra Gain:250 ft / 76 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.4 mi / 8.7 km
    Route:South Ridge
    Trailhead:3730 ft / 1136 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Paul McClellan
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