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03B

Black Mountain #3

5,686'

Kern County, about 5 miles west of Tehachapi, 115 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: Kern County
Topo: Keene 7½

ROUTE 1

Distance: 2.5 miles r.t. on use trail and cross country
Gain: 1,500'
Time: 2 hours r.t.
Rating: Class 1; Easy
Navigation: Easy

Original: Carleton Shay - 1991

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Drive to the junction of SR 58 and SR 14 on the north side of the town of Mojave. ·
  • Continue north on SR 58, which curves to the west. Exit at the freeway off-ramp signed "Tehachapi Blvd". Note your odometer and head west as follows: ·
  • At 2.4 miles, intersection with Curry Street. Turn left. ·
  • At 3.0 miles, Valley Blvd. Turn right. ·
  • At 5.6 miles, Woodford-Tehachapi Road. Turn right. ·
  • At 7.3 miles, Country Club Drive, opposite the golf course. Turn left into the subdivision. ·
  • Go 3 blocks, then right on Mariposa. ·
  • Go 3 blocks, then left on Quail Springs Road. ·
  • Continue up Quail Springs Road about 1 mile, almost to the end of the street. Park at a horse trail on the north side of the street about 150 feet northeast of house #21800. There is a large Oak tree at the start of the horse trail.

The trailhead is located on a public street in a subdivision. It is one of several possible starting points that provide access to the mountain through undeveloped parcels.

HIKING ROUTE 1

From the parking area (elev 4180') walk 50 meters up the trail and cross a barbed wire fence placed to keep cattle out of the subdivision. Continue hiking northwest around the left side of the rocky knoll and to the right of a gully, then climb north to the top of the ridge · As you ascend the ridge, note features in the subdivision behind you to provide "aiming points" for the return. This may avoid the embarrassment of having to ask directions to your vehicle after you exit through developed parcels. · Continue along the ridge northwest, then west, toward bump 5640+ just south of the summit. Contour north past a shallow saddle and on easily to the summit.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

This hike begins and ends in a developing subdivision on the eastern slopes of Black Mountain. Do hike not through developed parcels. Use care in route finding when descending to the vehicles to avoid crossing developed parcels.


ROUTE 2

Distance: 5 miles r.t. on use trail and cross country
Gain: 2000'
Time: 3-4 hours r.t.
Rating: Class 1; Easy
Navigation: Moderate

Original: Carleton Shay - 1991

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • Drive to the junction of SR 58 and SR 14 on the north side of the town of Mojave.
  • Continue north on SR 58, which curves to the west. Exit at the freeway off-ramp signed "Tehachapi Blvd". Note your odometer and head west as follows:
  • At 2.4 miles, intersection with Curry Street. Turn left. ·
  • At 3.0 miles, Valley Blvd. Turn right. ·
  • At 5.6 miles, Woodford-Tehachapi Road. Turn right. ·
  • At 7.3 miles, Country Club Drive, opposite the golf course. Turn left into the subdivision. ·
  • Go 3 blocks, then right on Mariposa and then left on Carriage
  • Then right on Indian Wells.
  • Then left on Paddock to its end at a cul-de-sac. Park here 0.1 mile south of spot elevation 4015' in Section 14 southeast of the peak.

HIKING ROUTE 2

From the parking area (elev 4020') enter the undeveloped lots just beyond the cul-de-sac and head due west up the ridge. · As you ascend the ridge, note features in the subdivision behind you to provide "aiming points" for the return. · A short way up the ridge you will cross a barbed wire fence placed to keep cattle out of the subdivision. · Continue up the ridge and merge with a larger ridge coming from the southeast.. · The combined ridge continues northwest to bump 5324', which can be bypassed on its east side. · Head north, dropping first into a saddle then up toward a rocky outcrop, which is bump 5640'+ just south of the summit. Pass this bump to its right and continue easily to the summit.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

This hike begins and ends in a developing subdivision on the eastern slopes of Black Mountain. Do hike not through developed parcels. Use care in route finding when descending to the vehicles to avoid crossing developed parcels.


ALTERNATE ROUTES

If you can provide driving directions to another trailhead that provides access through the subdivision, or to one that bypasses the subdivision please contact the Mountain Records Chair.

Climbing Archives

Please report any corrections or changes to the HPS Mountain Records Chair.


Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 12-Apr-2001
© 2001 - All Rights Reserved

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