Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 38.03751°N / 119.29018°W
Additional Information County: Mono
Activities Activities: Hiking
Seasons Season: Summer
Additional Information Elevation: 11524 ft / 3513 m
Sign the Climber's Log


Black Mtn. and  Black Cat Peak  from Cooney Lake
Black Mtn. and "Black Cat Peak" from Cooney Lake
"Black Cat Peak" is a small unnamed summit in the Virginia Lakes area of the Hoover Wilderness. It is part of the same intrusion of dark granite as Black Mountain .6 miles to the east on the same ridgeline. The peak has 2 high points. This gives it the appearance of a cat's head with the 2 ears. The east one has the USGS measured elevation, 11,524'.
This is an easy class 2 ascent less than a half mile to the south from the saddle (11,120') of the Summit Lake Trail. The best views are to the south over Lundy Canyon to the Yosemite high Sierra including Mt.Ritter and Banner Peak and northeast to Dunderberg Peak and the Virginia Lakes area.

Getting There

Yosemite high Sierra from  Black Cat Peak
Yosemite high Sierra from "Black Cat Peak"
From the junction of Hwy. 120 go north 12 miles on Hwy. 395 to Conway Summit (8,143'). From Bridgeport go south 13 miles on Hwy 395 to Conway Summit.
At Conway Summit take the Virginia Lakes Road 6 miles west to the trailhead at roads end parking lot (9,800').
Take the Summit Lake Trail as it weaves gradually up past the lakes up to the saddle at 2.5 miles (11,120'). Hike southeast .35 miles to the peak. Traverse around to the right and scramble up to the high point.

Red Tape

 Black Cat Peak  northeast pano
Northeast pano from "Black Cat Peak"
No permits required for day hiking in the Hoover Wilderness.
For camping permits in the Hoover Wilderness contact:
Humboldt/Toiyabe National Forest
Bridgeport Ranger District
HCR 1 box 1000
Bridgeport, Ca. 93517


Peaks above Summit Lake
Peaks above Summit Lake
 Black Cat Peak  southwest pano
Southwest pano from "Black Cat Peak"
The only campground is Trumbull Lake (9,745') just northeast of the trailhead.

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hgrapid - Sep 8, 2009 10:28 pm - Voted 10/10

Coordinates are off

I put your coordinates in Google Earth, and the coordinates are off. They are in the a scree slope below the peak.


Noondueler - Sep 9, 2009 12:49 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Coordinates are off

You know what? That's as close as I could get with the SP Google coordinates which are a little on the crude side. I have Google earth so I'll check that out soon.


hgrapid - Jul 24, 2010 10:11 pm - Voted 10/10

I have the correct coordinates

I climbed Black Cat Peak today. Here are the correct coordinates: 38.03751, -119.29018


Noondueler - Jul 27, 2010 12:26 am - Hasn't voted

Re: I have the correct coordinates

Got it! Done. I'm out.


hgrapid - Jul 27, 2010 11:17 am - Voted 10/10

Not done

-119.29018, not 119.29018. Now, you put it in China somewhere. The coordinates are at least 10,000 miles from Black Mountain. It didn't look that far.


Noondueler - Jul 27, 2010 6:08 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Not done

I think I fixed it. I need your approval.


hgrapid - Jul 27, 2010 11:14 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Not done

Done! Great work.


Noondueler - Jul 27, 2010 11:58 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Not done


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