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Black Mountain Trail Professional Review and Guide
"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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