Ascent of Black Mountain on 2017-03-18

Climber: Brent Mausbach

Date:Saturday, March 18, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Mountain
    Elevation:4051 ft / 1234 m

Ascent Trip Report

Black Mountain surprised me with its beautiful scenic views on the hike to the summit. It probably also wasn't the best pick for a hike on the day after getting only 4-5 hours of sleep combined with a bit of deconditioning. The gate was open at Forest Rd, so I drove the road all the way to 33.15, -116.82, where there is an obvious turnout to park your vehicle. This road should definitely be driven using a high clearance vehicle, as I had a few sections where angles of approach and departure were an issue, plus some rocks in the road (mostly avoidable). However, 4WD was not necessary for me to reach those coordinates. I'm pretty sure my 2WD crossover could have made it to the parking area near the summit, but I elected to get out and hike due to the slow-and-go in my vehicle.

From my parking area, the hike was 2.5 miles to the summit, all but the last 0.25 miles were on the road. The 2.5 mile hike to the summit ended up being 1,275 feet of elevation gain, so a pretty good, steady climb. If you are doing the full 14 mile hike from the road, be sure you are mentally and physically ready for the challenge.

Overall, despite the fatigue, I really enjoyed the views on this hike, and as usual a gorgeous Spring day in San Diego. And, as per usual, I uploaded a 360 Photosphere to Google Maps in case anyone wants to scout the view before they go.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1276 ft / 388 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1276 ft / 388 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Start Trailhead:2775 ft / 845 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Brent Mausbach
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