Ascent of Black Mountain on 2009-07-05

Climber: Brian Brigham

Others in Party:Lindsey
Date:Sunday, July 5, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Black Mountain
    Elevation:1552 ft / 473 m

Ascent Trip Report

I decided to do this hike, since my wife and I ran some errands in North County early in the afternoon. The hike is very straightforward, following maintained trails and roads to the summit. The trail was not difficult overall but was steep and rocky in places. Even though the summit is crowned with a large assortment of radio/TV broadcast antennas and towers it is possible to get a panoramic view on top by walking around the fenced off complex. The views were only slightly hazy. I was able to spot Iron Mountain, Viejas Peak, Sycuan Peak, Mission Trail Peaks, Palomar Mountain, and San Jacinto Peak (I think). Vegetation was mostly shrubs that were brown this deep into the summer. We also saw two rattle snakes on the trail. The first, a six foot monster that was un-phased by our presence. The second was a tiny three foot snake which immediately rattled and scurried into the bushes upon our approach. Overall a good hike despite the somewhat tedious road hiking.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:868 ft / 263 m
    Total Elevation Loss:936 ft / 284 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
80s with fairly good visibility
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:800 ft / 243 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 732 ft / 224 m; Extra: 68 ft / 20m
    Loss on way in:68 ft / 20 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:Nighthawk Trail -->Service Road
    Start Trailhead:Hilltop Park  820 ft / 249 m
    Time:55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:868 ft / 264 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 800 ft / 244 m; Extra: 68 ft / 20m
    Gain on way out:68 ft / 20 m
    End Trailhead:Hilltop Park  752 ft / 229 m
    Time:45 Minutes

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