Black Mountain Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Diego County, California. It is within Cleveland National Forest. It is 7.0 miles long and begins at 1,645 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,855 feet.
Black Mountain Road Professional Reviews and Guides
"Spectacular 360-degree vista from the 4,051-foot summit of Black Mountain. The Forest service has temporarily locked a gate well below the summit due to “resource damage” by motor vehicles. You will need a National Forest Adventure Pass to park and hike to the summit."
--Tony Huegel, California Coastal Byways (Wilderness Press).
"San Diego County’s “big” Black Mountain (not the smaller one looming above Rancho Penasquitos) rises gently to an elevation of 4051 feet outside Ramona. A fire lookout tower once stood on Black Mountain’s summit, taking full advantage of a panoramic—and certainly unique—vista furnished by the mountain’s strategic central location within the county. Hikers, bikers, runners, equestrians, and sometimes four-wheel drivers have public access to Black Mountain’s summit via a winding fire road up the southwest flank—though motorized vehicles never get closer than about 1 mile from the top."
--Jerry Schad, Afoot & Afield: San Diego County (Wilderness Press).
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