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Ascent of Little Black Mountain on 2016-05-02

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, May 2, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Little Black Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:1370 ft / 417 m

Ascent Trip Report

Second part of this hike and the third hike of the day. My 9th peak in 24 hours in the region. Came off Black Mountain and slid east to do the Little Black Mountain loop. One note, that the actual track I attempted to follow from Chris Collier was close but signage keeping you off trails with erosion pushed my actual track a bit further north for awhile but it rejoined and you end up climbing Little Black from the backside. Saw a really interesting bird with a bright yellow head - it was tiny and hard to photograph.

I enjoyed this little side hike as there were no people on the loop - complete solitude and the views through the valley were nice.

Finished the day with another 13 miles of hiking and another 3k vertical so that my 24 hour period in SD included 9 peaks with 25 miles and 6k total. A nice diversion while on business in the area.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:405 ft / 122 m
    Total Elevation Loss:670 ft / 204 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
70F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:275 ft / 83 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:Little Black Loop and GPS track of Chris Collier
    Start Trailhead:saddle between subpeaks  1095 ft / 333 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:670 ft / 204 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 540 ft / 165 m; Extra: 130 ft / 39m
    Gain on way out:130 ft / 39 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:same
    End Trailhead:Hilltop Community Park Parking Lot  830 ft / 252 m
Ascent Part of Trip: San Diego Trip

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Kwaay Paay2016-05-01 a1014 ft / 309 m
2Peak 11992016-05-01 b504 ft / 154 m
3Cowles Mountain2016-05-01 c521 ft / 159 m
4Peak 13802016-05-01 d210 ft / 64 m
5Pyles Peak2016-05-01 e279 ft / 85 m
6Cowles Mountain2016-05-01 f541 ft / 165 m
7Woodson Mountain2016-05-02 g1994 ft / 608 m
8Black Mountain2016-05-02 h907 ft / 276 m
9Little Black Mountain2016-05-02 i405 ft / 123 m
Total Trip Gain: 6375 ft / 1943 m    Total Trip Loss: 6290 ft / 1918 m



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