BLACK MOUNTAIN IS A BLAST!!!
This hike is easily accessible from Bakersfield, and it is rated class 2 as there is no trail but there is a "ducked" route, trail or logging road most of the way. There are some steep ascent sections which we will be taking our time on. Trekking poles help especially on the way down. The total distance is 6.5 miles with an elevation gain of 1500 feet. It is hard to say for certain, but the whole hike should take 4-5 hours.
Black Mountain 08-28-2011.
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Black Mountain (7428')
We will meet at the Greenhorn Summit sand shed at 1:00pm (35.737945, -118.556382) (6130'). After taking out the appropriate gear we will hike north up to the logging road, and then follow it east to the Black Saddle (6245'). From there we will continue east and up until we locate the "ducked" route to Black Mountain (35.741506, -118.523917).
Black Mountain. 08-28-2012.
Black Point (7334')
From there we can hike down and east a short distance to enjoy the view of the Kern River Valley and scenic Lake Isabella from Black Point (7334') (35.740241, -118.521922).
Black Point 03-04-2012.
We will hike the short distance back up to the summit of Black Mountain and then head back to the cars.
Greenhorn Summit. 03-04-2012.
It is important that we all understand the rating system that organizers use on their hikes. For my hikes I generally use something close to the Yosemite Decimal System. I have seen many different versions of this system, and many are adamant that their version is the right version and etc.. The best description I have seen of the five classes that seems to encompass the most general idea may be found at Climber.org under ‘Five Classes of Climbing Difficulty’ ( click here ).
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