Ascent of Black Mountain on 2012-07-21

Climber: Daryn Dodge

Date:Saturday, July 21, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Mountain
    Elevation:5118 ft / 1559 m

Ascent Trip Report

Got off I-5 at Exit 786 and followed unpaved Anderson Grade Road on the east side of Klamath River 4.2 mi to Rooster Drive. Turning south on Rooster Drive, I followed other Bird roads until I got to Robin Street and followed this road to its end about 1.5 mi north of the forested Black Mtn summit. Robin Road becomes pretty rutted the last half-mile, necessitating 4WD. This area appears to be the beginning of a subdivision that never happened. No houses anywhere to be seen.

I started hiking up the drainage, then moved west of the drainage and followed a slope covered in loose lava rocks. When the slope starts to level off near the top, I had some minor to moderate bushwhacking. The summit register sat under a piece of metal on a cement pad. Yellow jackets had made a home under this piece of metal, so signing in the register without angering the wasps too much was the crux of the climb. I did not bother trying to put the can back under the metal slab. The actual high point appears to be some large rocks south of the register location.

A GPS and compass is recommended for this hike. Knowing I would have trouble locating my Jeep on the way back down among all the heavy tree cover, I had taken some bearings with my compass and memorized some nearby features. This helped direct me to within 50 feet of my Jeep until I finally saw it.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2070 ft / 630 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:north slope
    Trailhead:End of Robin Street  3048 ft / 929 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes

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