I've been from the N, and by Nevada Mike's trail(s). The south summit (also called N McCullough) is more remote, wilder, and much harder to climb in a short winter day.
2002 February 23: Hiked up from the detention basin before the trail was constructed.
2004 January 10: Via the detention basin, but now there is a trail.
2004 September 15: Detention basin trail.
2006 March 04: Detention basin trail.
2006 December 16: Detention basin trail. Dad was good company on the hike.
2006 December 23: Detention basin trail. Mom & Dad hiked to the summit also.
2007 November 03: Hiked with DayHikerJr for his first mountain summit.
2009 July 29: Detention basin trail.
2009 December 25: Detention basin trail.
2009 December 27: Detention basin trail.
2010 January 23: Detention basin trail. Snow above 4500 feet.
2011 January 08: Detention basin trail. With DayHikerJr, Grandma, and Grandpa.
2011 April 06: Detention basin trail. Car to summit 62:22.
2011 May 11: Detention basin trail. Car to summit 56:38.
My first mountain summit. Age 2 months. Youngest on this summit maybe?
Daddy carried me.
Great hike with Jim, Madilyne, and Karen from Hiking Meetup. Great fun with great people and awesome views.
Nice dayhike with Sacha, Madeline, and Karen via the trail from the northwest. This peak has a fine panorama of the surrounding area. Warm spring day, partly cloudy, breezy at times. Glad it was not warmer.
I've done it during the stormy weather. Lots of awesome puffy clouds around and soil was still moist after recent rains. Tiny wildflowers and other greens were present and the area wasn't as arid as I expected it might be. The slideshow from this day is here: Black Mountain hike
There is so much building going on in the area it's hard to find a way to get close to the base of the mountain. We spent nearly an hour driving around the neighborhood before I got frusterated and decided to put it off until the following week. I figured I could contact some of my fellow hikers and perhaps one of them would be able to give me some directions. Which is exactly what happened.
So this week we again went after this mountain with current directions that would take us to the base of the mountain. I went with a couple friends of mine Sherry and Marc.
We arrived at the base of the mountain and started our hike at about 10:05 AM.
It was a beautiful day for a hike up this mountain. There wasn't a cloud in the sky and the temperatures were just right.
It took us about 25 minutes of wandering around to find the actual trailhead. Once we found it though it was easy to follow and takes you right to the summit. The actual hike from the trailhead took us about 2 1/2 hours.
The trail is pretty easy until you get to the last third of a mile or so. From there it get's pretty steep.
We arrived at the summit at 1:05 PM. As usual the views from the top we're spectacular. I love the views from mountain peaks.
Easy hike in Jan 05. A tranquil summit.
Lots of other nice, easy desert peaks worth exploring in this area. Sutor Mountain, as well as a bunch of unnamed ones, are close and worthy.
This was a fairly quick hike I did with my brother Harold. We saw a small herd of desert bighorns, saw what appeared to be a BLM helicopter chasing them, and I got startled by a rattlesnake on the way down. This was years before there was any development within at least 7 or 8 miles of the peak.