Ascent of Black Mountain on 2011-09-03

Climber: Phil Robinson

Others in Party:Just me.
Date:Saturday, September 3, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Mountain
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:11302 ft / 3444 m

Ascent Trip Report

We went on a family outing to Red River, New Mexico over Labor Day weekend 2011 with my wife and 4 daughters, my son Garret, his wife and her father, and my new 7 month old granddaughter. We rented a nice home for the weekend to all be together. My plan was to get up very early a couple of mornings and hike some peaks and be back about the time that everyone was stirring. I tried to get some takers to get up with me and leave the house before 6 AM but no one would go. I got up at the first crack of light on Saturday morning and went about a quarter of a mile from our weekend rental home, parked in the Red River Skiing area, and began hiking at 6 AM. The starting elevation was 8700 feet. It was a crisp 43 degrees with dark clear skies when I began hiking. I was looking for Pioneer trail. The map showed this trail going right up the ski area. I could not find a sign so I “burned it” up a black diamond ski run until I came to the service road. After studying the map, it appeared the trail was the service road. I continued following the road to the top of the ski area on the east side just as the sun was coming over the ridge. Once you reach the top of the ski area it is a wonderful hike on aspen flanked lanes for the next coupe of miles. I kept hiking until I came to the base of Black Mountain. The base of the mountain’s elevation is 10,400 feet. I began to bushwhack up the hill. There were many fallen logs and it was quite a leg burning obstacle course to the top. About a third of a the way to the top I passed an old miner’s log cabin. There was not a hint of a road or trail. It was just in the middle of no where. As I went to the top you could see many places the miners’ had tried their luck into the hillside. At one point I saw an old claim sign but all the wording had been weather worn off. I made the top of Black Mountain, elevation 11,302 after hiking 2 hours and 15 minutes nonstop and hiking 4 miles. My elevation gain was 2602 feet from the bottom. I usually hike higher New Mexico peaks that are above the timberline, and you always get a spectacular view. This was the first peak that I have climbed that you could not see well. The top was mostly covered with trees, but you could look through some spaces and see other beautiful peaks in the distance. I only stayed at the top for 15 minutes looking around and taking some pictures. I started the big bushwhack down and came to the road a little further along than I had started. As I was walking along the road I came to another very old miner’s log cabin that had been built right next to a little spring. It was a nice easy walk through the beautiful forest until I came to the top of the ski area. I followed the ski area down by way of the service road and towards the bottom continued on the road switch backing rather than going down the black ski run. I got to the bottom at 10 AM after hiking 4 hours. I hiked a total of 8.2 miles. I returned to the home just as they were finishing breakfast. ( I hiked 2 other peaks over the weekend for a 3 peak total of 15.1 miles. See the trip reports for Greenie Peak and Tunnel Hill)
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2602 ft / 793 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.2 mi / 13.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2602 ft / 793 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Bottom of Red River Ski Area
    Start Trailhead:8700 ft / 2651 m
    Time:2 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Red River Cabin Base

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Black Mountain2011-09-03 a2602 ft / 793 m
2Greenie Peak2011-09-04 b669 ft / 204 m
3Tunnel Hill2011-09-04 c773 ft / 236 m
Total Trip Gain: 4044 ft / 1233 m    Total Trip Loss: 775 ft / 237 m
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