"Little" Black Mountain on the map or Black Mountain on the Summitcheeseburger Website, 8111 ft., commands the ridgeline between City Creek and Red Butte Canyons. This evergreen-covered prominence has tempted the desire of the committed Summitcheeseburgerteer for the past year, but until April 15, 2007, no one dared to mount an assault.
Enter Paul and Kirk and a 4-pack of Greek Lamburgerhinis (ground lamb, oregano, thyme, garlic--KGB, of course--feta, on a Tuscan roll). The well-worn trail off Terrace Hills Dr. belied the scrub and rock scramble at the top, but the views and the meal were the pay-off. An especially satisfying sight was the ridgeline from Grandview to Burro and the invoked memories of past conquests.
Four false summits took its toll on the intrepid duo, however, sapping the energy (and the extra Summitcheeseburgers) needed for the secondary target, Table Mound, a thousand ft below and a mile distant (good thing, too--a post-hike gaze at the map showed they had no clue where that summit was). "We Shall Return," however...Rudy Flat, Dude Peak, "Rock" and Table Mound await annointing with a Summitcheeseburger.
Kirk, Paul - Little Black Mountain
We set out on a perfect spring day from the Perry's Hollow Trailhead and planned on bagging two peaks: Black Mountain being our primary goal but to also hit Rock Benchmark since it was on the way. Sierra, Kamadhenu, Beej and the two dogs Viziraptor and Luna(tic) took off at a brisk pace whist I brought up the rear. No worries though. I had 12 Garam Masala sliders with ketchup on sourdough in my pack.
The foothills around Salt Lake City are especially beautiful this time of year. The grasses are green and the wildfloweres are just starting to bloom. The trail is well marked but steep. No switchbacks to speak of. Black Mountain hasnt been Cheeseburgered since 2007 and now we know why. Its a bit of a challenge for a summit that is barely over 8000 feet!
We reached the Rock Benchmark in about 2.5 hours but decided to push on to the summit of Black Mountian. It didnt look that far away. We heard there was some scrambling. What we found out is that limestone is really sharp The scramble was worth it. One the peak we took in 360 degree views of The Great Salt Lake, the Wasatch Front, and the Oquirrh's. We had a good hike, great view, good friends and cheeseburgers. Life is good.
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