It snowed the night before I climbed this one, making it my first summit of the 2011/2012 winter season.
Earlier in the week I climbed my 50th mountain (Mt. Wire). Although it was cold, there wasn’t any snow on the trail or on top. It snowed several inches on Friday night and I was itching to get away from my computer, so I decided to go up a slightly higher peak called Little Black Mountain.
There are a few nice things about this mountain:
- There’s very little avalanche danger on the route.
- It’s tall enough and the trail is long enough that it’s a solid workout.
- The trailhead is half a mile from where I live.
- There’s some interesting and exposed 3rd/4th class scrambling along the ridge right before the top, making the ascent more involved and interesting (especially in winter).
Here are some stats from the hike:
- Summit elevation: 8,040 feet
- Trail length: 9 miles round trip
- Elevation gain: 3,100 feet
- Time to top: 2 hrs 30 min
- Round trip time: 4 hrs 20 min
Pics [as always, click on one for the larger version]