Black Mountain (Columbia Valley)
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The locals call this Black Mountain Trail. It is a subpeak ridge of Mount Isar.
||12.8 km (return)
||Linear - Return
To get there follow the Columbia Valley Highway around Cultus Lake and turn left up Frost Road at the end of the Lake. Follow this windy road up the hill and continue on. It will eventually start to turn left and seems like it is going back the way you came. About a kilometer before it ends there is a Boy Scouts sign on a Hydro pole on the left side of the road. Turn right onto the FSR just past the this sign. It is the only FSR around, every other turn is to property or deadends.
Once on the right road in a short distance it starts to climb a little then comes to a fork. Take it to the right and within a few meters you have to stop and park here. Go around the barricade and hike up the FSR.
Take the FSR for about an hour and a half and there is a washout. The ribbons start here, first pink and yellow and then yellow on the trail. The trail approches the subpeak ridge of Mount Isar from the south west.
The view from this ridge peak is mainly of Black Mountain which is across the border in the US. with views of the Border and Zero Avenue. Strait Of Georgia, south end of Vancouver Island and the San Juan Islands also. From this subpeak going west in about a half hour to an hour depending on your pace you start to hike up a steep hill which has flagging along a old trail to the summit of Isar Mountain. From the summit going directly south takes you to the border monument numbered 46.
Isar Mountain is not part of Black Mountain and the trail is named because of the unimpaired view of Black Mountain from it.
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