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Monday, November 24, 2014

11/23/14 Black Mountain

Low 40's to about 50 with mostly sunny skies. We had not done this trail in some time because Kelley is not able to get up the huge boulders near the east summit. Decided we would just go as far as she could and then see what we could do going west.

We started from Black Mt. Rd. and the trail is fairly steep and rocky but not very long.

Not all the ice has melted- there were also patches on the trails

Some of the first views

Approaching the large open ledge area I believe is West Peak

Looking Toward East Peak

We took the East Peak Trail to see how far we could get but it was soon too difficult for Kelley. We went back and tried the trail toward the Black Mt. Cliffs but didn't get far in that direction either. We decide to just explore the area we had reached and here is some of what we saw.

There are some large cairns

This required the movement of a lot of stones but I don't know to what purpose.

An even larger cairn

Heading back down

An interesting hike on trails we had not been on in some time. Even though we skipped the very difficult parts  it was still a bit arduous a lot of work arounds for Kelley.But she seemed to handle it well and to enjoy herself. She was showing no signs of distress when we got home. 2 hours 


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