Continuing my mission of summiting every peak I can see from my deck, we went up peak 46/108,
Black Rock Mountain on an early morning with John and Crazy Carl. The drive into the Ghost
can be pretty spicy but it wasn't bad on this day.


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Crazy Carl's Yukon got us in here no problem. The 2013 flood definitely changed the course of the Ghost River
and it's now farther to the east in this area. These are the lower peaks of Mt Costigan, which see a lot of
climbing activity.


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Here's John at the trailhead with a first look at the fire damage to Black Rock. According to John, this
fire was only declared officially 'out' a few weeks ago and it burned through the winter this past year.


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Here's a better look at the burned out forest with Black Rock Mountain visible behind it.


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What was strange about this area is that it wasn't totally burned everywhere. You'd find these pockets of
living trees that were clearly in some kind of a wind hollow and managed to escape the intense heat of the fire somehow.


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Crazy Carl in the eerie blackness of burned-out spruce and pine trees.


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This metal memorial plaque managed to make it through the blaze.


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Looking back along the Ghost river and seeing part of Orient Point on the right.


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John and Crazy Carl as we got into a bit of the alpine. This is a super quick hike so we were up
in the alpine in a bit over an hour and car to car inside 4 hours with a 30 minute stop for lunch at the top.


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A neat-looking pinnacle. The well-worn trail went just inside this draw on the right.


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John and Crazy Carl making their way along the a rock wall. We had gorgeous views on this day with
virtually no wind at all making it a terrific day to be in the Rockies. That's Orient Point just above
John's head and looking back to the left you see Association Peak and End Mountain.


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A panoramic of Crazy Carl coming up to an alpine meadow with both Mt Aylmer and Devil's Head visible
to the right of the shot.


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I'm pretty sure these are purple gentians.


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Once you get above the larger rock band, it puts you into a cool meadow that opens up to this view up to
the fire lookout at the top of the mountain.


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A little furry friend we saw on the way up. This is a hoary marmot and he was checking us out, mostly Carl.


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Here's the new battery pack and solar panels from Agriculture/Forestry on top of Black Rock Mountain.

View around Black Rock Mountain



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A view of me and the weather station on the summit.


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And a cooler view looking to Devil's Head.


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Looking back along the trail, you can see the easily-followed trail in the alpine meadow below.


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Devil's Head with a side of fire lookout, and John snapping photos. That's Mt Aylmer just above his head.


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No one needs to live or occupy the fire lookout with a bit of technology. Here's the pan/tilt camera
along with solar power and a modem to send back images of what's going on here.


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Alberta flag inside the fire lookout.


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Crazy Carl makes it to the summit just a few minutes behind John and I. He did well considering this
was his first activity off the couch in months.


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Thanks to John we had a tasty beverage on top of the mountain.


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I'm not totally sure why there's a rock hammer up here, but there it is inside the fire lookout.


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Looking back at Saddle Mountain (right side), along with Mt Townsend with the sweet anticline on the left.


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Me on the top of Black Rock Mountain. Courtesy of John.


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John with a view of Devil's Head and Mt Aylmer on the hike out.


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Crazy Carl enjoying a bit of loose scree coming down the summit stretch.


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Carl and I hiking out along the high meadow.


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A look at a blackened spruce tree on the way out. The forest when it's burned out is definitely creepy
but not as creepy as it would be with a headlamp on at night.


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The remains of the park sign calling out 'Black Rock Viewpoint Trail'. This was back when AB Parks
actually cared about maintaining their trail assets.


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Shot from the top of Black Rock showing the burned out forest and its range. Courtesy of John.


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Looking to the north and showing the longer ridge line of Mt Davidson.

Garmin connect data HERE
Data highlights would be ~11km, inside 4 hours with 30 minutes on the summit drinking beer,
with 913m elevation gain and 1700 calories burned


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View of the route.

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