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Black MountainBLACK MOUNTAIN
(8019 ft.) Big Flat Trailhead, Swift Creek Trailhead. This is one of the more accessible 8,000 foot mountains in the Alps. If you’re camped at Ward or Horseshoe Lakes, you can take the trail from Ward Lake to the Kidd Creek gap and then scramble the ridge line to the summit. It can also be bagged by picking your way right up the front from Ward Lake.
But it’s nine miles by trail up Swift Creek to Ward Lake. A shorter approach, a nice day hike, is from Big Flat Campground at the head of Coffee Creek. It’s even shorter if you are lucky enough to be guest at the private lodge below Josephine Lake. But most of us must stop at the locked gate and walk the two miles of road to the Kidd Creek Trail. The Kidd Creek Trail means business from the git go, climbing almost 3,000 feet in less than two miles. It’ll make a mouth breather out of you. But the view of Sawtooth Ridge and Caribou Mountain to the west is superb alpine scenery reinforcing the notion of naming this area “Alps.”