Hike the Summit of Black Mountain

6.75 miles 1910 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Matt Boetcher

Close to the city, short hike with a good elevation change. Great workout if you're a trail runner.

This hike is cool because you park in a residential area and follow the (paved) anthem east trail for about 3/4 of a mile before you hit dirt. Once you do though you start to climb quickly and every time you turn around the view gets better. I recommend and afternoon hike that would let you catch part of the sunset.  

Start by finding you're way to the anthem east parking lot, it only hold 6-8 cars but never seems to be busy. Hop on the path and head up towards the mountain. You'll follow the path until you reach a water holding basin, the path ends at a little brick building, this is where you get on to the single track dirt trail and start the climb. On the side of that building is a detailed map of the area you'll be in, take a picture with your phone just in case you off track. The trail is well labeled, and doesn't have many turns. You'll follow the signs for trail 404 all the way to the summit, the only confusing part is getting on the right path at the building/water basin. In the pictures above you can see the single track trail on the left side of the picture behind the building. It's an out and back trip from there! 

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This is a hard hike!

This is a hard hike! A lot of elevation gain in only 3.5 miles. We followed the Black Mountain trail to the summit. Almost quit right near the top. Total of just over 7 miles, round trip, this hike took me and an experienced hiker 4 hours to complete. The view is great and the feeling of reaching the summit is amazing.

black mountain hike

Great hike, gets difficult on the last half mile. awesome view at top.

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