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27C Black Mountain #1

Location: Riverside County, California

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. Black Mountain (#5) was named by USGS Surveyor A. P. Hanson, (1883).

Appeared on USGS maps by 1900.

Peak was on the original 1946 HPS Peak List. Weldon Heald climbed this peak in 1937.

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