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Ascent of Black Mountain on 2016-05-11

Climber: David Comerzan

Date:Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:6202 ft / 1890 m

Ascent Trip Report

A private 3 day hike of these 9 peaks south of Gorman. My main goal was Cobblestone and White which was my 5X List Finish for HPS. Joining me on Monday and Tuesday was Pat Arredondo, Wasim Khan, Dayrn Dodge and Kathy Rich. Kathy and Dayrn left after Tuesday and George Christiansen, Pat Vaughn and Bruce Craig joined us for Wednesday’s hike. Pat and Wasim met me in La Canada. From there we drove to the trail head for Alamo. It took 2 ½ hours. The last 25 miles is a mountainous road. The first have is paved. There is a gate at the Piru Creek crossing and you need to check with the ranger station (661-245-3731) to make sure it is open. For Alamo we followed Rt. 1 of the HPS guide (http://www.hundredpeaks.org/guides). On all of the hikes we were following the peak guides. The road to the trail head is in excellent shape. Any HCV, and probably any 2WD vehicle, could drive this road.
The first day, Monday, we did Alamo, McDonald and Peak 7047. On all of the peaks, there is a lot of deadfall. Large trees were laying all around and you have to spend time going around or over this deadfall.
After we did McDonald, We park at a gully just short of the peak guides recommendation. We went up the gully to the ridge then to the summit. After McDonald, we drove back to the Little Mutau Campsite, where we were spending the night. There is no water there, but there is a pit toilet. From the campsite, we hiked up the Mutau trail to a saddle, then turned right (west) and hiked the short distance to 7047.
The next day, Tuesday, we were up for an early start for White and Cobblestone. This is by far one of the hardest hikes in the Los Padres National Forest. It involves 16 miles round trip with 6500’ of gain, much of it on the return. We got back to the campsite about 9:00 pm, tired but happy.
The last day, Wednesday, we did our last two, Snowy and Black. This is a tough hike, but not as bad as the previous day.
It was a great three day trip. The weather was perfect. This was my 5th trip for these peaks, the first time in the spring. The four previous hikes were in the fall, either during hunting season or just after. This area is a major hinting area. While I don’t like hiking where people have guns, the one good thing about hunters is that they make a lot of trails around the deadfall. It makes for easier hiking.
Monday:
9:40 am Depart. 7174’.
10:20 am Alamo. 7367’.
11:00 am Car. 1 mile round trip, 200’ gain, 1 hour, 20 minutes.
11:40 am Depart. 6470’.
12:00 pm McDonald. 6870’
12:40 pm Car. 0.5 miles round trip, 400’ gain, 1 hour.
2:00 pm Depart. 6770’
2:18 pm Peak 7047.
2:30 pm Car. 1 mile round trip, 300’ gain, 40 minutes.
Total for the day: 2.2 miles round trip, 877’ gain, 3 hours, 10 minutes.
Tuesday:
5:30 am Depart. 6500’
6:08 am Sewart. 6841’
6:30 am Junction for Cobblestone and White. 6335’
8:40 am Junction for White. 5840’
10:10 am White. 6250’
12:10 pm Saddle before Cobblestone. 5370’
2:00 pm Cobblestone. 6730’
2:30 pm Depart.
3:12 pm Saddle
4:09 pm Junction for White.
7:15 pm Junction for Cobblestone and White
8:40 pm Car. 16.5 miles round trip, 6500’ gain, 15 hours, 15 minutes.
Wednesday:
7:00 am Depart. 6500’
7:28 am Sewart. 6841’
9:00 am Snowy. 6532’
9:50 am Saddle. 5640’
10:55 am Black #2. 6202’
12:30 pm Saddle 5640’
1:25 pm Snowy
2:05 pm Saddle. 5830’
2:55 pm Junction with Cobblestone and White. 6335’
4:15 pm Car. 10.8 miles round trip, 4100’ gain, 9 hours, 15 minutes.
Total for 3 days: 29.5 miles round trip, 11,477’ gain, 27 hours, 40 minutes
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