Ascent of Black Mountain on 2013-07-28

Climber: Jeffrey McLean

Others in Party:Elizabeth
Date:Sunday, July 28, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2820 ft / 859 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is great hike, but it's surprisingly steep. We hiked up and back from Lime Kiln road. The first 3/4 of a mile run mostly through a low, wet area. The trail is dry but there's water all around which leads to a very buggy experience. After 3/4 of a mile the trail almost instantly gets steeper, and dry. You'll transition abruptly from the close in dense forest to a wide open pine forest. At about 1.25 miles there is a spur path that leads to a nice outlook. From here up it stays mostly steep with outstanding views off spur paths the rest of the way to the summit. The footing was mostly good through here, but being loose pine needles, you need to think about every step and be aware that you could lose your footing. Again this is quite steep through the middle. Once you summit it's a long ridge line. Based on the GPS you want to head east down the ridge line and you'll hit the high point, although it's really almost flat across. Leave time to explore the summit, as there are views in almost every direction if you poke around. The slide scarred ridges on the north side of Mousilake are very cool. You can also see some good peaks in VT, and you can make out Franconia ridge from Flume running north. The hike down was uneventful. I would suggest you leave slightly longer for the descent than you typically would. Because of the steepness and bad footing it took almost as long down as it did up. Also make sure you leave time to hit the old Lime Kilns. There are two logging roads you'll pass - the lime kilns are easily accessed by the first one - the one closest to the trail head. Just follow it about 100 yards and look to the right, you can't miss them. There is a sign board explaining what they are. This is private land that the land owner allows people to use, so be mindful and respectful of that while you are there. All in all this is a great mountain, and a nice hike. Much steeper than you would expect it to be, but well worth it. The views are abundant and outstanding.
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    Weather:Drizzle, Hot, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Threatening rain, but mostly nice, with a few drops here and there.

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