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Ascent of Black Mountain on 2018-08-16

Climber: John E Sarna

Others in Party:my son
Geoffrey
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, August 16, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Mountain
    Location:USA-Kentucky
    Elevation:4139 ft / 1261 m

Ascent Trip Report

After getting several varying sets of directions from reports on peakbagger.com, as well as from the desk of the nearby Comfort Inn where we stayed, my car gps took me right to it. A few comments: (1) watch your pronunciation of the town of Appalachia, (2) the winding road #160 going from Appalachia up to the stateline is named Inman Road, but it starts off as Inman St. at the signal light along Main St in Appalachia and soon forks (take the right fork) with another Inman Rd (#68) going off to the left and the correct (Inman St.) going to the right, eventually becoming North Inman Road, (3) the turn off on Black Mtn Ridge Road is at the state line, as reported, and is packed dirt/gravel with a couple stretches of broken pavement along with quite a few potholes to avoid along the way, (4) if the round domed radar tower is still there, I somehow missed seeing it in the facility that is 1.5 mi along Black Mtn Ridge Road, though the spur road to Black Mtn .15 mi farther led right up to the obvious Black Mtn, and (5) no one was around to even check the waiver I had sent in.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:59 ft / 17 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:spur road to south of Ridge Road
    Trailhead:Black Mtn Ridge Road  4080 ft / 1243 m
    Grade/Class:1
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike



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