Ascent of Black Mountain on 2013-10-26

Climber: Walter Blume

Date:Saturday, October 26, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Black Mountain
    Elevation:1502 ft / 457 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is a very nice hike, though should be done in winter to avoid poison ivy. Not many places in Missouri where you can do a 900 foot elevation gain! I put a few waypoints on the uploaded GPX file for reference. I started at a mostly dry waterfall, where there is room for about two cars to park. Following the water up you come to an area that could be used for camping, very nice with lots of flat pink rocks and water flowing through.
Glade Area

When you get to the place marked "Old Jeep trail" my advice is to try and follow the faint jeep trail, as going more directly towards the top leads to lots of poison ivy (which is what I did on way up), though it is quite interesting. At the top there is a PVC pipe at one rock and a USGS benchmark on another rock. I found a PVC pipe that was perhaps the summit register, though it had no paper in it, so I left the one sheet of paper I had on me in the PVC pipe to serve as a summit register.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:904 ft / 275 m
    Total Elevation Loss:904 ft / 275 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:904 ft / 275 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Start Trailhead:waterfall  598 ft / 182 m
    Time:1 Hours 4 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:904 ft / 275 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Route:jeep trail/bushwhack
    End Trailhead:waterfall  598 ft / 182 m
    Time:1 Hours 10 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Walter Blume
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