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Black Mountains Focus Area & Southern Sixer Challenge Hike

July 22, 2017

Location: Black Mountains

Date: Saturday, July 22

Start Time: 9 AM, details provided upon registration

Difficulty: Very Strenuous (10+)

Join us for a challenging but scenic 9-to-10-mile hike along the Black Mountain Crest Trail, where we will traverse the ridge of the Black Mountains and hike across or near to eight 6,000-ft peaks. We will hike as far as Deep Gap, with a possible extension to Winter Star Mountain. Deep Gap is a small but significant piece of land that SAHC helped protect, housing the only water source on the ridge along the Crest Trail.

Due to the extremely technical terrain, dogs will not be allowed on this hike. Please expect a long day of hiking with alternating climbs and descents over very rocky terrain. There are two sections of trail that have rope to assist with climbing and descending. However, while the terrain is very challenging, the views are spectacular, especially on a clear day, and the surrounding spruce-fir forest along the ridge is stunning and offers excellent bird habitat.

This hike is one of several guided hikes offered as a part of our 2017 Southern Sixer Challenge. This will also serve as our Black Mountains Focus Area Feature hike, highlighting SAHC’s land protection work in and around the Black Mountains. We hope you’ll join us for this high-elevation summer challenge hike!

2017 Black Mountain Crest Trail Challenge Hike:

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