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NOTE NEW DATE- Black Mountain in the El Paso mountains.

Black mt. is located in the El Paso Mountains just north of Red Rock Cyn. State Park. App 9 miles r/t. All cross country. Rocky terrain, sandy slopes. Elevation gain app. 1757'.  Not for beginners.
High clearance needed for the 2 miles from Hwy 14 (2wd ok) If we don't have enough high clearance cars, we can drive as far as we can, usually halfway, and then hike the rest of the way.

Bring lots of water, snack and lunch. Wear layers and sturdy hiking boots/shoes.

Bring a good dust mask  and headlamp or flash light for the  mines. Ignore the last picture. It is not from the mines we MIGHT visit.

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  • Tony S.

    Great hike Alice, thanks.

    March 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I njoyed this event and the group. A nice Hike!!! I will anticipate joining the group again.

    1 · March 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking Forward To a The Morning.

    March 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I live in Tehachapi. Can i join ya at the mtng spot??

      March 1, 2014

    • Tony S.

      Yes, Home Depot at 8:00, someone should be able to give you a ride.

      March 2, 2014

  • Jan G.

    i came down with a bad cold have fun

    March 1, 2014

  • Jeff

    Hi all, If by chance you come across any rock rings or petroglyphs, could you grab gps locations or tracks for me. I am doing research on the stone constructs of Black Mountain. I was supposed to be out there today, but the rain messed plans up. Message me for my email.

    March 1, 2014

  • Mike M

    Sunday won't work for me either, Have a great hike!

    February 28, 2014

  • Steven C

    Sorry, I got sick this week so I will not be joining you.

    February 28, 2014

  • Gina

    I have a conflict on Sunday so will most likely need to scratch. Shucks!

    February 28, 2014

  • Paul

    Anybody planning to carpool from Bako?

    February 28, 2014

    • Glenn G.

      I have a 4WD Navigator that can carry 4 passengers plus me. Let's plan to meet at 7am at Starbucks at 58 & Weedpatch Hwy.

      February 28, 2014

    • Paul

      Sounds good.

      February 28, 2014

  • Glenn G.

    I have a 4WD Navigator that can carry 4 passengers plus me. Let's plan to meet at 7am at Starbucks at 58 & Weedpatch Hwy.

    February 28, 2014

  • Thomas H.

    Can't go Sunday's Family day.

    February 28, 2014

  • Mike M

    can't make it Sunday, totally understand, you guys have a good time, I'll catch you on the next one!

    February 28, 2014

  • Glenn G.

    Maybe the hike should be moved to Sunday!
    Besides the rain, the wind is a problem.
    We will see what Fridays update says.
    Weather link attached:
    http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=35.437299042545966&lon=-117.90733337402344#.Uw6VzMuYZmM

    Saturday A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53. Breezy, with a south wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

    February 26, 2014

  • Gina

    We will be in our Durango, so a few can ride with us.

    1 · February 23, 2014

  • Stephen B.

    I'll bring my small truck. Not sure yet if I'll have someone coming with me, but could fit someone behind the seats, or in the covered bed for the short distance. I promise I'll drive slow.

    February 23, 2014

  • Rose C.

    Is anyone from Bakersfield - I'm from Visalia and am looking for a carpool.

    February 23, 2014

  • Jan G.

    Oh, BTW, the map link shows the meeting place at the Ridgecrest American Inn best value suites or some such. I assume it is the intersection of either 14 and Garlock Rd. or the intersection of 14 and the road that is to the north of RR Canyon visitor center?

    February 22, 2014

  • Jan G.

    I have a high clearance 4 WD but it only holds 2--3 if it's not too far (no seat belts for passenger 3 and they have to straddle the gear shifter! ;-)

    February 22, 2014

  • Pam

    I just reread the description and found my answer. Two miles walking on dirt road each way could bring the total hiking distance to 11 1/2 miles if I calculate correctly. That with the elevation gain puts the hike beyond my current capabilities. Sorry, but I had best cancel my reservation. Better to determine that now than while in the midst of the hike. Happy trails...

    February 22, 2014

  • Pam

    If we don't have high clearance vehicles what is the hiking distance on dirt road till we cut out cross country?

    February 22, 2014

  • Pam

    Ok I gotta ask. How many high clearance vehicles are coming that can take passengers to the trail head? And what is the hiking disa

    February 22, 2014

  • Gina

    We're coming from Ridgecrest, where should we meet you?

    February 22, 2014

  • Rose C.

    What a joy to see photos from my old stomping grounds some 35 years ago when I lived in Ridgecrest. I recognize the house rings and chuckwalla, but the snake I am unsure of. Does garter snake sound about right?

    February 19, 2014

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