Black Mountain—South Slope Trail

Poway, California 92064

Black Mountain—South Slope Trail

Black Mountain—South Slope Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Black Mountain’s triangular profile is a familiar sight to residents of Rancho Penasquitos, Mira Mesa, Sabre Springs, Carmel Mountain Ranch, and Rancho Bernardo. The cluster of microwave antennas at its apex testifies to the mountain’s importance in line-of-sight electronic communication, and suggests how inclusive a view you can get from the summit area on a clear day. Several hiking routes converge on Black Mountain’s summit, but this south-side approach is perhaps the most simple and scenic to boot."

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8/1/2010
3 on a scale of tough
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We did the Nighthawk Trail up and a different trail down
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1/1/2009
The ratio of effort to payoff is very high on this trail. It is a wide truck trail and easy to follow up to the radio towers at the peak. From there you'll see surprisingly big views for such a small mountain. Good for families.
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Trail Information

Poway
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
3.6
Distance
800 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
All year
Season
San Diego (city of) Open Space Division
Local Contacts
USGS Poway
Local Maps

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