Ascent of Black Mountain on 2015-09-20

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, September 20, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2640 ft / 804 m

Ascent Trip Report

My original plan blew up in my face, and then I remembered Black Mtn in Clemons. The fact that it's one of New York's most prominent mountains and that it's one of the closest NY mountains to me was enough for me to make the drive.

The 2.5 mile trail to the 2,641 ft. summit started out as a gravel road, which I later found out was a driveway to someone's house. Once the house was in view, the trail veered right into the woods on an older looking woods road. The grades were easy for the first almost 2 miles or so, then got more moderate, but never steep. Near the top, the trail became more "trail-like" and not an old woods road. It then switched back up and to the summit, which had a fire tower (closed off) and a small wind turbine. Just below the summit was a memorial sign with some stone blocks, and beyond them was a grassy view overlook to Lake George. I didn't know this at first, but behind the fire tower was a much better and rockier outlook. Unfortunately, the views were limited due to some low clouds. I spent over a 1/2 hour on the top and was thinking about continuing to Lapland and Black Mtn Ponds, but dead camera batteries and a new litter of baby kittens back at home made me decide to go back the way I came.

Apparently, there is a fairly large trail network around Black Mtn and Lake George, and they're nice from what I've heard. I'd like to come back to explore more of it.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1250 ft / 380 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1250 ft / 381 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1200 ft / 365 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Black Mountain trail
    Start Trailhead:Pike Brook Rd  1440 ft / 438 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1250 ft / 381 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1200 ft / 366 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Black Mountain trail
    End Trailhead:Pike Brook Rd  1440 ft / 438 m

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