Monday, March 30, 2009
Black Mountain Wednesday
[UPDATE]: We've been working hard at the BMB - look what we have to show for it. The less-than-optimal directions in the original post have been updated. Now with milage!
Black Mountain Wednesdays begin! This wed we are going back to The Republic, finishing up the new development in this cooler, lower area. Everyone is welcome! Come climb the brand spanken' new problems or brush some of your own! Sexy BMBers Ian, Dom, and Chesty should be there at 8:00 or so, and others will be arriving around 10:00.
Directions from I-10: Take the highway 243 exit toward Idyllwild. At 9.3 miles you will pass the Diamond Zen Center sign. At 12.6 miles you will see a small sign for the Black Mountain Trailhead (this is not the same dirt road that gets you to the OK Corral and Boulder Basin). Continue on 243 and pass the caution-taped off spring on your left. The next small pullout on your left has a dirt road in the back of it (13.6 miles on the 243 and exactly 1 mile past the trailhead). Turn onto this road, and follow it through 3 or 4 small stream crossings. After 1.5 miles, the road sort of forks, so trend left through the flat field. Continue as far as you can on the main dirt road until your vehicle reaches its limit. Chesty's sedan can only make it a half mile from the 243, Alan's sedan gets 1.8 miles up, Ian's truck can make it 2 miles, and Jay's Jeep goes a little farther to the large parking area near the end of the road. Regardless of where you park, a quick walk will get you to the large parking area near the end of the road where you will see a giant pile of rocks on your right. Follow the trail down into the gully for two more minutes and you'll see some euphoric boulders.