Solo Trip to Black Mtn

Posted on 13 May 2021 by Steve Markham

Wednesday night Janet said she could handle acro and dinner without me, so I went on a short overnighter to Black.

That's Lake George behind me.
That's Lake George behind me.
I took several panoramas. The sky and the trees and the mountains were all beautiful.
For the past ~10 years we've camped on Big Burnt, the biggest island in the middle of the clump on the left. This year we'll stay on Uncas, slightly farther away than Big Burnt, but in the same clump.
For the past ~10 years we've camped on Big Burnt, the biggest island in the middle of the clump on the left. This year we'll stay on Uncas, slightly farther away than Big Burnt, but in the same clump.
I ate dinner at the Black Mtn Pond lean-to. The only other person I saw on the trip was a 19yo guy, Sam, who was staying at the lean-to for the night. We had a pleasant chat for 45 minutes or so while I ate my salad and mexican rice. I snapped this golden picture of the lake before hiking closer to the car to camp.
I ate dinner at the Black Mtn Pond lean-to. The only other person I saw on the trip was a 19yo guy, Sam, who was staying at the lean-to for the night. We had a pleasant chat for 45 minutes or so while I ate my salad and mexican rice. I snapped this golden picture of the lake before hiking closer to the car to camp.
This is Lapland Pond just after sunset.
This is Lapland Pond just after sunset.

I forgot my tarp, and it started sprinkling after dinner. I put on my pack cover and my rain jacket and started hiking for the car. Then it stopped raining. In the end I hiked to within a mile of the car, then set up camp. I figured the worst-case scenario would be I wake up in the night a little damp and hike out to the car. But it didn’t rain at all overnight, as far as I can tell. I woke up at sunrise, drove 90 minutes home, and was there in time to make eggs for the family at 7am, same as always:)