Black Mountain Trail

San Bernardino National Forest, California

Elevation Gain2,957ft
Trailhead Elevation5,156ft
Elevation Min/Max5156/7541ft
Elevation Start/End5156/5156ft

Black Mountain Trail

Black Mountain Trail is a hiking trail in Riverside County, California. It is within San Bernardino National Forest. It is 3.6 miles long and begins at 5,156 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,957 feet. Day use parking and another parking are near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Cinco Poses Trail.

Black Mountain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The San Jacinto region is a favorite of many Southern Californians. Most who visit here enthusiastically proclaim its resemblance to the Sierra Nevada, and this hike shows off many of those endearing qualities. The area is strewn with large granite boulders and enormous lodgepole pines. The many open-air vistas offer magnificent views of the Inland Empire, the San Gorgonio Wilderness, the San Gabriels, the Palomars, the Santa Rosas, and Mount San Jacinto itself. This hike takes place outside the Mount San Jacinto State Park and the wilderness area, so no permit is necessary other than the Adventure Pass needed for parking."

"Black Mtn. (7772´) stands back from the bulk of San Jacinto on the northwest side. Not surprisingly, it offers fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and chaparral. The Forest Service takes advantage of these views with a fire lookout on the summit, staffed by volunteers. It is open to visitors 9 a.m.–5 p.m. when the access road is open (typically Memorial Day through Labor Day). The volunteers are happy to share their mountain knowledge with hikers. The vigorous hike to the lookout makes for an enjoyable excursion through the forest and granite boulders typical in this mountain range."

"In recent years, development has crept forward in Garner Valley and around the fringes of the San Jacinto Wilderness and State Park. But fortunately, the high country has remained inviolate, and the desert side of the mountains is now
protected by the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, established by Congress in 2000. The future of the San Jacinto Mountains requires constant vigilance.

Black Mountain at 7,772 feet dominates the northern end of the San Jacintos. From the fire lookout on the summit, you are rewarded with a superb vista over miles of mountain, valley, and desert country, with the jagged ramparts of San Jacinto Peak looming in the southeast."

Black Mountain Trail Reviews

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This is a tough one! The great views of mountain ranges are totally worth it, but it is challenging. It begins super steep right from the beginning and never really lets up. Coming back down is rough on the knees, too. Bring lots of water and prepare to be amazed by the stunning scenery. If you bring a dog, make sure he or she is in good shape and don't try it on a really hot day. Otherwise this is also a fantastic hike for dogs.
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Beautiful trail. I loved it. Beautiful pines along the trail and a panoramic vista of the valley. There was snow on the ground and on the tops of the distant mountains. No one else was there. Our dog loved it. But it's a rather strenuous up hill climb. I needed to rest on occasion, but it's worth the view. A few trees have fallen on the trail, but it's easy to go around and pick up the trail. PS Exit 10, then go south (away from the town of Banning) on 243.
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Sometimes a trail is marked "difficult" and is not so difficult. This trail is actually difficult...they key word in the Trail Report is "up." I would like to meet the individual who did it in two hours, just to tell them how much a better person they are then I. We used the full four... The trail was well maintained. Only a couple of deadfalls to be circumvented which led to no more than a minute or two of wandering. Finally - this was remote in the sense that no one was on the trail at all...probably because the initial one mile climb was probably enough to put most people off the trail and headed back down to their vehicles. I would recommend this trail for anyone who wants to be out alone, wants great scenery, and is in above average phsyical condition...

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Trail Information

San Bernardino National Forest
Nearby City
San Bernardino National Forest
Mt San Jacinto State Park
Local Contacts
Lake Fulmor (7.5-minute), San Jacinto Wilderness (Tom Harrison)
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Nov 2018