Black Giant

Elevation (feet): 13,330
Elevation (meters): 4,063
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Sierra Nevada
State: California
Latitude: 37.1
Longitude: -118.667
Difficulty: Scramble
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.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

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  • Log #18031 - by Steve Bender on Jan 23, 2003
    Left Agnew Meadow on August 2 and came south 70 miles on the John Muir Trail (stopping at Marie Lake on the 5th and 6th to climb Seven Gables). Left Evolution Lake that morning and reached the pass...