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.
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.
Northeast pano from "Black Cat Peak"
No permits required for day hiking in the Hoover Wilderness.
For camping permits in the Hoover Wilderness
Humboldt/Toiyabe National Forest
Bridgeport Ranger District
HCR 1 box 1000
Bridgeport, Ca. 93517
Peaks above Summit Lake
Southwest pano from "Black Cat Peak"
The only campground is Trumbull Lake (9,745') just northeast of the trailhead.