Ascent of Black Crater on 2015-08-29

Climber: Daniel Mick

Others in Party:Amy Vaniotis
Date:Saturday, August 29, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Black Crater
    Elevation:7251 ft / 2210 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trailhead parking lot is not marked as Black Crater heading West on 242, just a TH sign. It's shorty after Windry Ridge - if you get to Dee Wright Observatory you've gone well too far.

Well-worn trail all the way to the summit. Protected hike 90% of the way with open lava fields and 10' walkup "scramble" at top. Glorious 360 views of the entire area.

Left trailhead at 1115. Arrived at summit at 1300 including a couple ~5min breaks. Stayed on summit for lunch and pictures for 30 minutes. Encountered about a dozen other day hikers on the trail.

Extreme wind at beginning of hike with 40mph+ gusts. Had died down to intermittent gusts by the time we reached the summit. High elevation clouds shrouded other summits but visibility was good ~9000' and lower.
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Black Crater summit facing WNW. Sisters, The Husband, and other craters of Three Sisters Wilderness in background (2015-08-29). Photo by Daniel Mick.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2540 ft / 774 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.6 mi / 12.2 km
    Route:Black Crater Trail
    Trailhead:Black Crater Trailhead  4711 ft / 1435 m
    Grade/Class:MAZ A
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Very Windy, Partly Cloudy
No precipitation despite early morning rain; extremely windy at start with gusts 40mph+, calmed to s
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes

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