Ascent of Black Mountain on 2014-07-28

Climber: Alyssa Losee

Date:Monday, July 28, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Black Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2640 ft / 804 m

Ascent Trip Report

Black mountain is a long mountain, it may have taken us almost two hours to get to the top. Towards the top the trail was a rocky, but the trail had rock parts the whole way, nothing you would enjoy running. The view was amazing, and I highly advise to bring binoculars!!! I told my friends to bring binoculars and they we so happy they did. The fire tower is fenced in and the first flight of stairs are gone. You can get under the fence if you wanted to, but then you would have to scale the side of the tower just to get to the really skinny unmaintained stairs, and the view is just not worth it. There are two different levels you can go to for a view the second higher one is obviously better. If you really wanted to the trail does continue for another five miles and I think it brings you to another peak but I didn't do that. The mountain is just as long down as it is up, but it is a beautiful trail and you are aware that you are hiking a gorgeous mountain.

When we were finding this mountain we were coming from the south and went to lake George first. I highly advise that if you are coming from the south do not make our same mistake. We ended up driving around the entire lake or George, up through Ticonderoga and back down to the other side just to reach Clemons, rt 22, Whitehall. From the south I highly advise getting off queesbury/ fort ann exit from 87, to 149, to route 4 north, which turns into 22 where the mountain road will be. Honestly just use your smart phone or gps, you are close enough to civilization for service. Once you get on the mountains road it's pretty far up but don't worry you'll get there!

Summary Total Data
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes

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