Ascent of Black Elk Peak on 2010-11-27

Climber: Gokul Gopal

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 Report

Solo 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
Ascent Statistics
    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
Descent Statistics

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