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Black Mountain summit

Peak Summited2021 Black Mountain
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadMonte Bello OSP parking lot on Page Mill Rd
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusBugs were an annoyance
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

Started out at 8:30 and it was cool and the morning fog was burning off. I opted for a short sleeve even though I usually wear long sleeve because I don't want to limit my sun exposure.  I stuffed the long sleeve in my pack just in case I had made a bad choice with the s.s. I was not familiar with this trail and looked around to see what kind of canopy I would be in. I saw a lot of redwoods in the distance so I thought I would have a lot of shade. I opted for a baseball hat and left the booney behind. That ended up not being the right choice. Thirty minutes into the hike and I am warming up and the short sleeve T was fine. The trail was mostly exposed with the occasional grouping of trees.

I was able to find my way to Black Mountain using a screenshot of the OSP map I took before I left for the hike. It was a good thing I did that because there were no papers maps available at the parking lot and as usual, the large map there had a plastic cover that was warped and dirty from the years of exposure. I had not seen a single person on my way up the trail. When I got to the top, I saw a guy meditating at the overlook area. I sat a good distance away so as to not interrupt him. I had my own mediation, ate a banana, and changed into my long sleeve as it was pretty warm by this time. While sitting on a rock at the peak, I heard an Elk not too far away but could not see it because of the brush around me. I got up and tried to get some cool pics and vids and slowly started down the trail. I spotted the Elk just down a side trail. As I tried to get the camera app open on my cell, it ran off. UGH! That was my first Elk sighting. Oh well!

I took a different route back so that I could see and experience new things. About half way down, I got into some real nice canopy cover and it was cooler. This probably kept me from a sun burn on my ears and neck. As I came upon each trail-head, I would take the one that was just a little further so I could get more mileage in as long as it was going to get me back to my truck and not to another Preserve.

I ended up with 8 miles over 3 1/2 hours and it was a great hike.

 

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