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Black Mountain #6


Black Mountain #6 is located in Kern County, about 13 miles south of Inyokern, 124 miles from Los Angeles. It is an extinct volcano, located on BLM land in the El Paso Mountains Wilderness. Black Mountain #6 was added to the HPS Peak List in 1974. See the Summit Signature for more history and some background about the name of the peak.

Peak Guides
HPS has three documented routes to the peak. Route 1 is 4 miles round trip with a total of 1450' gain, an interesting cross country hike via ridges and gullies, passing the crater en route. Route 2 is 9 miles round trip, and 2000' gain, a combination of dirt road and cross-country. Route 3 is shorter and less complicated than Route 1: 3 miles round trip, 1500' gain, from a trailhead a mile and a half further in. All the roads in this area are dirt and can be challenging to drive.

Older Peak Guides (routes may no longer be legal or safe, use caution!): approximately 1974, 1993, and 2001 Microsoft Word version.

Black Mountain #6
Photo by Mars Bonfire

Maps! Lots of maps!

Current Conditions
  • Weather Forecast from the National Weather Service
  • Gate status: There are no gates, but the approach to the trailhead is on Bureau of Land Management roads, which may be impassable in bad weather. If in doubt, check with the Ridgecrest Field Office.
  • Status of State Route 14 from Caltrans
  • Deer hunting season - "The season in Zone D-17 shall open on the second Saturday in October and extend for 23 consecutive days." For more information, visit the California Fish and Game Commission.
  • Adventure Passes are not currently (2011) required by the BLM.

Trip Reports from our Archives

Emblems earned on Black Mountain #6
  • 25 November 1974 - Phil Martin, First List Completion #30
  • 16 September 1989 - Robert Emerick, First List Completion #141
  • 16 September 1989 - Robert Emerick, Second List Completion #16
  • 7 October 1996 - Sue Holloway, 100 Peaks Emblem #946
  • 14 February 1997 - Gabriele Rau, 200 Peaks Bar #342
  • 31 January 1998 - David Beymer, 200 Peaks Bar #351
  • 14 December 2002 - Bill Byrne, 100 Peaks Emblem #1041
  • 27 January 2007 - Carol Hunter-Inman, 100 Peaks Emblem #1100
  • 14 March 2009 - Jim Davis, 200 Peaks Bar #443
  • 9 January 2010 - Markey Neighbors, 200 Peaks Bar #449

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