Ascent of Black Bear Mountain on 2017-10-26

Climber: Ben Morrow

Others in Party:Jax Morrow
Date:Thursday, October 26, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Bear Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2441 ft / 744 m

Ascent Trip Report

The last one! Having just hiked Bald Mt. in the late morning, followed by Rocky Mt., this was the last hike of the day to complete the Fulton Chain Trifecta. Weather hadn't changed, probably high 40's/low 50's and overcast, but no real threat of rain. Luckily Black Bear shares a parking area with Rocky, so I just grabbed my pack out of the truck, which I had left behind for the quick hike up Rocky, and away we went. The first part of the hike follows an old Jeep road with very gradual elevation gain. Then at 0.7 miles in, there's a junction where the 2 paths to the summit diverge. We took to shorter route to the top, which was well marked with blue discs for the remaining 1.1 miles to the summit. I had read that there were some rock scrambles that would be difficult for dogs, but it really wasn't anything to worry about. Jax was able to handle it easily though I did pick him up once just to get over a little ledge. The summit was really wide open and had a cool vibe to it that I haven't experienced too much. To me it was almost like a field on top of the mountain, just more rocks and mosses than grass. From here we made our way to the northeastern part of the summit area and picked up the longer, yellow trail to make our way back down as a loop. It was definitely a more moderate grade going down this way, something that was good because of all the leaves on the trail hiding rocks and roots underneath. We pushed on at a quick pace and we're back to the junction with the other trail in about 45 minutes. Then it was just a quick walk the last 0.7 miles back to the truck, tired but feeling accomplished at finishing the Trifecta in a day. Overall, I would say that I enjoyed this hike the most of the 3. It would have been nice to see some others on the trail though. Just kept my phone in my shirt pocket and listened to a Railroad Earth concert to keep me and the dog company.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:702 ft / 213 m
    Total Elevation Loss:702 ft / 213 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.9 mi / 7.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:702 ft / 213 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:Blue Trail
    Start Trailhead:TH on Rte. 28  1739 ft / 530 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:702 ft / 213 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Route:Yellow Trail
    End Trailhead:TH on Rte. 28  1739 ft / 530 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ben Morrow
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