|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Nearest major airport:||San Francisco/Reno|
|Convenient Center:||Bishop, CA (E) Vermillion Valley Resort (W)|
Thanks to Steve Bender for adding this peak.
Black Giant is aptly named. Sitting above Muir Pass, the west slope is an easy 1300' rock scramble...but getting to Muir Pass is the challenge: the nearest parking lot is 21 miles away at South Lake (2500' climb up Bishop Pass, 3300' drop to LeConte Canyon, and a 3300' climb to Muir Pass) On the other side, the 2000' east face dominates the head of LeConte Canyon.
The black metamorphic rock is similar to Banner and Ritter 70 miles north. On a clear dry day, the view is one of the finest in all the Sierra. It is possible to pick out Mt. Ritter to the north and Mt. Whitney to the south--nearly the entire John Muir Trail.
Thanks to Steve Bender for this description.