Location: Kern County, California
Named by USGS Surveyor A. P. Hanson, (1883). Named for various reasons the (non)color black is the most popular descriptive term for place names in California. According to Gudde it appears several hundred times. Black is mentioned before any color in the Bible. It comes first in the development of perceptual awareness in individuals. It is unique among color names in that it is universally recognized and named. It is used because of geological formations (such as the lava flows on Black #6), dark green chaparral, atmospheric conditions and sometimes for in early American sealer.
Peak was added to the HPS Peak List in 1970, as follows:
BLACK MTN #5 (7432) Greenhorn area.
Climb via Black Mtn. saddle. (3 mi., 1200' gain). Pleasant climb among
firs and cedars. Fine views of Split Mtn. and Lake Isabella. Exploratory
led June 13, 1970.