Ascent of Black Mountain on 2017-02-26

Climber: Connor McEntee

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, February 26, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Mountain
    Elevation:5118 ft / 1559 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was heading north into Oregon and hoped to get a quick peak in on the way. For the past few weeks, the snow line was hovering around 5000ft on Shasta (maybe pushing a bit lower with the colder temps), so I figured that Black Mountain would be accessible without flotation. Overall, it turned out to be a pleasant objective. The snow was manageable and the access roads were in good condition.

To get there, I followed the instruction in previous trip reports to get to the various bird roads due north of the mountain. They are all dirt but are well graded such that any passenger car could make it. I parked in a pullout maybe a third of a mile before the end of the road, because right after that the road was not well drained. I had no desire to fight the mud since I was basically at the end of the road anyway. From where I parked, I simply walked up the road to where it ends in a big loop and a faint path continues on an old ranch/logging road.

It is worth noting that there are residents up here. I did not encounter anyone, but the piece of property where robin street switched back is definitely occupied. There were horse corrals with multiple horses, many truckloads of hay, and 3 dogs ran at me. They barked quite a bit but were perfectly friendly. One of them was dying to play with me. There are no signs stating no trespassing, however.

I followed the faint trail for a bit, and then just headed directly toward the mountain. There was one fence that I thought I would have to hop, but the path took me directly through a gap where the fence was broken. I encountered a dirt road higher up that is maintained. There was a trailer placed on someone's property up there, but no one was around. I'm guessing that it's used as a hunting cabin in the fall.

The snow line was around 3600 feet and about 2" deep. It was easy going, though coming down was a little tricky because the hillsides are covered with talus fields that were a little slippery. Higher up the snow got deeper and was actually more enjoyable since I could boot ski on the way down. After climbing the steepest portion of the route, it seemed like the summit was very close. However, this was deceiving and it's another half mile over a gentle grade to the true summit, which is not much higher than its surroundings. It is recognizable because there is a concrete slab and there were plenty of cairns marking a route. The register was hidden under some scrap metal on the concrete slab.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2250 ft / 685 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2250 ft / 685 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.7 mi / 7.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Snowing, Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2250 ft / 685 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route:North Side
    Start Trailhead:Robin Street  2868 ft / 874 m
    Time:1 Hours 19 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2250 ft / 685 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Route:North Side
    End Trailhead:Robin Street  2868 ft / 874 m
    Time:54 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Connor McEntee
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