Black Mountain—South Slope Trail

Poway, California

3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars
2 Reviews
3 out of 5
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.
Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

DESCRIPTION FROM:

Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)

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.

©  Jerry Schad/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Poway
Distance: 3.6
Elevation Gain: 800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: All year
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: San Diego (city of) Open Space Division
Local Maps: USGS Poway
Driving Directions: Directions to Black Mountain—South Slope Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/1/2010
0

3 on a scale of tough 5 on a scale of scenic We did the Nighthawk Trail up and a different trail down


1/1/2009
0

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.



Trail Photos

Activity Feed

May 2018