Ascent of Black Jack Mountain on 2015-03-10

Climber: Adam Walker

Date:Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Jack Mountain
    Elevation:2010 ft / 612 m

Ascent Trip Report

Rode my bicycle from Avalon to the top of Black Jack and Orizaba. On the way we were stopped by a ranger who said we had to ride the extra 5 miles to the airport to purchase a $35 conservancy "bike permit" or go back to Avalon to get one. The official website only indicated that we would need a free hiking permit, which we did have with us. We opted to ride the extra distance to the airport rather than lose the elevation we had gained coming up out of Avalon.

Cost breakdown for the two of us:

ferry + bike transport - $162
"bike permit" - $70
Long Beach parking fee - $15
Total = $247

These peaks have fences and radio towers. It's not worth it unless you're a total prominence nerd. Furthermore, from what we can tell, this is not a true conservancy but rather a profitable business. There are no visible land or habitat restoration efforts, however there is plenty of evidence that they are raising a fortune in the tourist industry, with numerous guided tours and the like.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:740 ft / 224 m
    Total Elevation Loss:350 ft / 106 m
    Gear Used:
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:390 ft / 118 m
    Start Trailhead:1620 ft / 493 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:350 ft / 106 m
    Gain on way out:350 ft / 106 m
Ascent Part of Trip: orizaba

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Orizaba2015-03-10 a2465 ft / 751 m
2Black Jack Mountain2015-03-10 b740 ft / 226 m
Total Trip Gain: 3205 ft / 977 m    Total Trip Loss: 700 ft / 214 m

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