Ascent of Black Volcano on 2020-04-04

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
Date:Saturday, April 4, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Volcano
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:5986 ft / 1824 m

Ascent Trip Report

Of the "three sisters" volcanoes in the area this is the ONLY one that the national park allows you to climb. The others are off limits. People stealth them and there are trails up them but it is clear the rangers if they catch you will get mad or fine you and with the Corona Virus mess I was just happy out hiking and not having the government say socially distancing in a desert is not far enough from people! So taking care to pass people with at least 10 feet of margin, we hiked to the most boring looking of the three volcanoes and got confused on the loop signs and hiked way out of the way down hill adding to our gain ughhhhhh before I convinced my wife we were on the wrong loop. But then hiking back to the correct loop we summit this neat little peak.

Now all bitching aside.....these three volcanoes are quite neat in that they can be seen all over the Albuquerque area forming a line. So they are land marks. Two, they are geologically unique in that they represent a place where a fault rift in the plates relived pressure and pushed hot molten magma up along a rift and formed about 5 tiny volcanoes in a straight line outlining the rift clearly. Third - despite this being the least sexy of the three main cones, the views were quite rewarding so all and all a nice day in the park and more interesting than the petroglyph walks we did earlier.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:334 ft / 101 m
    Total Elevation Loss:145 ft / 44 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Grade/Class:1 top tiny bit of 2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:304 ft / 92 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 189 ft / 58 m; Extra: 115 ft / 35m
    Loss on way in:115 ft / 35 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:see GPS track
    Start Trailhead:See GPS  5797 ft / 1766 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:30 ft / 9 m
    Gain on way out:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:see GPS track
Ascent Part of Trip: Albuquerque-2

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Tetilla Peak2020-04-02658 ft / 201 m
2Cedro Peak2020-04-03 00361 ft / 110 m
3Sandia Crest2020-04-03 a996 ft / 304 m
4Capulin Peak2020-04-03 b279 ft / 85 m
6Cedro Peak2020-04-04 a392 ft / 119 m
7Black Volcano2020-04-04 b334 ft / 102 m
8Palomas Peak2020-04-04 c1243 ft / 379 m
10Tecolote Peak2020-04-04 d508 ft / 155 m
11Cedro Peak2020-04-05 a302 ft / 92 m
12Peak 68402020-04-05 b919 ft / 280 m
13Cibola NF Peak 67202020-04-05 c595 ft / 181 m
15Manzano Open Space Pinnacle 2020-04-05 d315 ft / 96 m
Total Trip Gain: 6902 ft / 2104 m    Total Trip Loss: 2095 ft / 638 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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