Black Canyon Road

Cleveland National Forest, California

Distance10.7mi
Elevation Gain3,267ft
Trailhead Elevation3,230ft
Top3,230ft
Elevation Min/Max1704/3230ft
Elevation Start/End3230/3230ft

Black Canyon Road

Black Canyon Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Diego County, California. It is within Cleveland National Forest. It is 10.7 miles long and begins at 3,230 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 21.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,267 feet. Along the trail there is parking. This trail connects with the following: Ladrido Lane, Upper Santa Ysabel Road and Sutherland Dam Road.

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad
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"In Black Canyon water has amply illustrated its mindless yet artistic ability to sculpt stone. Every once in a great while, a gush of sediment-laden water tears through the canyon bottom, carving and polishing the bedrock slabs, drilling potholes ever deeper, toppling trees, and pushing rounded boulders downstream. In a normal winter or spring season, the stream of water in Black Canyon is quite placid: It happily splashes over small waterfalls, pauses in pools, slides along inclined slabs, and finds hidden passages beneath immense boulders."
Afoot & Afield: San Diego County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad
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"This easy-going, mostly descending, east-to-west, one-way walk on the Santa Ysabel Truck Trail is fine for a cool day, but a potentially hot and sweaty affair during the warmer half of the year. You’ll be following a segment of the future Coast to Crest Trail—a long-distance, multiuse trail intended to link the coastline at Del Mar to the crest of Volcan Mountain near Julian. You’ll meander mostly downhill and sometimes uphill on shadeless south- and west-facing slopes blanketed in chamise and other drought-resistant forms of chaparral. The truck trail might be open to four-wheel-drive traffic—but if so, you’d likely see very few vehicles."

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Easy afternoon drive. Nice views. Some portions of road are narrow one lane with blind turns. Even saw some cars parked on the side. That's how easy the trail is.
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Trail Information

Cleveland National Forest
Nearby City
Cleveland National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Cleveland National Forest, Palomar Ranger District
Palomar Ranger District
Local Contacts
Cleveland National Forest
USGS Ramona, Mesa Grande
Local Maps

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