Black Mountain (West Summit) Trail
This hike climbs to the west summit of Black Mountain, a volcanic plateau in the Elkhead Mountains. The trail first winds through an aspen forest with vegetation so thick at times that you might feel the need for a machete. The trail can also be muddy after heavy rains. The trail proceeds into lodgepole and spruce-fir forests where the soil allows for a drier trail. Once up the plateau, a spur trail takes you to a raptor viewing area complete with an interpretive poster and views west toward Dinosaur National Monument and Utah.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||2,065 ft|
|Duration||3.5 - 5 hours|
|Season||Best from late June to mid-October|
|Trailhead Elevation||8,750 ft|
|Top Elevation||10,815 ft|
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