Ascent of Black Mountain on 2017-09-24

Climber: Kimberly St.Clair

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, September 24, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Mountain
    Elevation:2800 ft / 853 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started at the Rhus Ridge TrailHead in Rancho San Antonio Park. Parking was limited, but I got lucky as someone was pulling out as I got there. There are not restrooms or Water at this trail head. I went up Rhus Ridge, enjoying the shaded trail lined with Oaks, fragrant Bays (Laurels) and a few Madrones. After about .9 miles, I turned on to the Black Mountain Trail. The Switchbacks were nicely graded making the elevation gain not feel so bad. I was able to pick up the pace and and completed the full 5.1 miles in just 2 hours. The view at the top was not perfect, but I found the summit, then sat and enjoyed my lunch nearby. The route going back down was delightful to see the views of the South Bay, SF and Oakland in the distance. Since this was graded well, I was able to walk back down rather quickly and enjoy a "victory" soda back at the car. I had to cut my recovery time down as 3 cars were waiting for parking. Overall, I very much enjoyed this hike.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3200 ft / 974 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3200 ft / 974 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.2 mi / 16.4 km
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2800 ft / 853 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2400 ft / 732 m; Extra: 400 ft / 121m
    Loss on way in:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:5.1 mi / 8.2 km
    Route:Black Mountain Trail
    Start Trailhead:Rhus Ridge TrailHead  400 ft / 121 m
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2800 ft / 853 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2400 ft / 732 m; Extra: 400 ft / 121m
    Gain on way out:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:5.1 mi / 8.2 km
    End Trailhead:Rhus Ridge TrailHead  400 ft / 121 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes

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