Ascent of Black Mountain on 2018-06-09

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, June 9, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Black Mountain
    Elevation:11654 ft / 3552 m

Ascent Trip Report

the attached track is MUCH better than ken jones' driving directions. i compared his directions on the way out... and i nearly turned around to go back out the way i came in. with the attached track you can get to within ~2mi of the "trailhead" before you need 4wd. it's rough for the final 2mi only, whereas ken's approach was rough pretty much all 16 miles.

i discovered this by accident: i was on CR-2 attempting to access waugh mountain from the north, i was trying my luck. but the stirrup ranch has negative signage on the roads which go through the ranch... had i looked at sat view i wouldn't have attempted this at all.

fortunately i had also loaded black mountain into the app and had enough maps to see some roads leading up to the ridge where ken's track starts... so i headed that way. i was at first encouraged because there is a sign saying "public lands access" as you turn north in USGS section 12. i was hoping to take the 4wd road up to the ridge, but that road is signed "stirrup ranch no public access" as well. grr. however there is a road not on the USGS map, going west, which connects with the appropriate road networks. yay.

the only difficult section of this drive comes after you turn east at the intersection at 10200': it goes downhill briefly, then 4wd is necessary to climb the steep hill.

expect ~1h driving one-way for this approach.

ken's "trailhead" is down a pretty faded side road, you could park almost anywhere... i drove as far as i could. i followed ken's hiking track.

the summit has 180 degree views to the north, off the cliffside. the south is blocked by trees. there's a US flag at the summit. the register has far more entries than you'd guess based on the peakbagger + LoJ ascents. i could see a few footprints here and there near the summit, but there isn't a well defined trail.

p.s. i added the missing road segment to openstreetmaps.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:920 ft / 280 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:ken jones track
    Trailhead:10834 ft / 3302 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:53 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:48 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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