Ascent of Black Mountain on 2019-09-13

Climber: John Keator

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, September 13, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2820 ft / 859 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a different hike only due to poor trail marking and directions. The guide stated to turn left off Black Mountain Rd. onto a marked ski trail which was supposed to be .4 miles from the TH. I came upon a ski trail at 3.4 miles marked as intermediate. I thought this might be the correct trail so I took it. For awhile it headed in the direction of the summit but soon turned south towards the ski area summit. It eventually came to a private cabin and ended soon after. GPS showed I was very close to the ski area summit, not the mountain summit. I doubled back to Black Mountain Rd., found a covered sign reading Sugarbush Trail and turned north soon passing a horse farm on the right as well as several roads/ trails on the right. The next left was unmarked but GPS verified it was the East Pasture XC Trail. This was the correct trail to the summit and cabin. The view from the summit faces NE and is limited to two small windows. I don’t understand how this summit is deserving of 52 with a view status! The view from the cabin is of Mt. Washington and only slightly better than the summit. There is a brand new mulching toilet there as well. Upon descending I never did find the turnoff for the Bald Lands Trail.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2080 ft / 633 m
    Total Elevation Loss:845 ft / 257 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2080 ft / 633 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1235 ft / 376 m; Extra: 845 ft / 257m
    Loss on way in:845 ft / 257 m
    Distance:7.5 mi / 12.1 km
    Route:Bald Lands Trail to East Pasture XC Trail
    Start Trailhead:Black Mountain Rd.   1585 ft / 483 m
Descent Statistics

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