Ascent of Black Elk Peak on 2010-11-27
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, November 27, 2010|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Black Elk Peak|
| Location:||USA-South Dakota|
| Elevation:||7231 ft / 2204 m|
Ascent Trip ReportSolo ascent over Thanksgiving Weekend. Hiked out from the Willow Creek Trailhead, on Rte 244. Snow was 1-2" at the trailhead and 10-12" near the top. Trail was unbroken, but got by without having to use my snowshoes - used microspikes for most of the trail, but probably barebootable except for a few icy patches. Trail was sheltered from the wind for most of the way. No other hikers on this trail.
Summit tower was neat! Overall, an enjoyable hike, with some great views along the way.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2689 ft / 819 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground|
| Gear Used:||Crampons, Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Cool, Windy, Partly Cloudy|
temps in 30s, windy at summit
| Gain on way in:||2689 ft / 819 m|
| Distance:||10.5 mi / 16.9 km|
| Route:||Willow Creek Tr, Harney Peak Tr|
| Start Trailhead:||4542 ft / 1384 m|
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