**note** trails of the new Sntsk’il’nten (Black Mountain) Regional Park are still under construction. The purple and orange trails are finished but not the yellow or any trail to the summit. These are planned to be finished by 2022.
Directions to Trailhead:
The plan is to eventually have trailheads at HWY 33 and Swanson road but at the moment there is no official entrance to the regional park at these points. The trailhead at Tower Ranch Drive is the only official entrance. There is parking along the road but no signage until a couple hundred meters up the path.
It is also possible to park at the Black Mt. Golf Club, walk along the outer perimeter path and jump a fence to connect with the Swanson entrance. This likely breaks a few rules so absolutely don’t try it (but it is my favourite entrance).
Hiking to the Summit:
From the trailhead at Tower Ranch Dr, enter the regional park and walk the full length of the orange (coyote) trail. The trail ends at a wide ATV trail and continues on as the purple trail. Turn left onto the ATV trail and follow it up into the hills along the edge of the park boundary.
From here the summit is visible and there are enough treeless areas to visualize a clear path up the mountain. Route-finding is pretty straightforward the rest of the way.
This is part of a collection of posts called hiking mountains with loud eyesore communications towers on top but we do it anyway.