Plan a whole day for a trip to the top of Black Mountain. The climb covers about 8 miles from the ranger station near the base to the startling clarity of Black Lake just below the peak. Starting early is required to make it back out before nightfall. However, should you feel inclined to climb this incline, the rewards are plentiful. The trail cuts across mountainside meadows, through thick coniferous forest, and across exposed rock outcrops, all while offering amazing views of the Clearwater and surrounding landscape. After a short stop at Black Lake, it’s only another forty minutes to the peak. Crowned with a functioning lookout tower and staffed by volunteers during the fire season. The view from the top is commanding, and nearby peaks can be seen from its 7077’ height. A good supply of water is recommended, and there are plenty of chances for portable filtration.