Black Mountain Truck Trail

San Bernardino National Forest, California

Elevation Gain2,501ft
Trailhead Elevation5,380ft
Elevation Min/Max5366/7327ft
Elevation Start/End5380/5380ft

Black Mountain Truck Trail

Black Mountain Truck Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Riverside County, California. It is within San Bernardino National Forest. It is 4.7 miles long and begins at 5,380 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,501 feet. Along the trail there are drinking water and a spring. This trail connects with the following: Hall Decker Spur.

Black Mountain Truck Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Black Mountain Road is an excellent ride in beautiful forest, a good pick when other areas are too hot for riding since there is shade for the majority of the route. The road gains 2000 feet in a short 5 miles. It is well constructed, with switchbacks up the side of the mountain with a good constant grade. Some of the road has been paved to reduce dust from motorized vehicles to the advantage of cyclists. The descent is fast and furious but don't forget that there are vehicles on the road! The views are spectacular from about 6.5 miles. Mt. San Gorgonio looks magnified from the Black Mountain Rim."

"This hike begins about 5 miles outside of Idyllwild Village and follows a wide fire road up a relentless 2,400 feet to a campground and lookout tower with panoramic views of the San Jacinto and San Bernardino mountains and San Gorgonio Pass.

Some hikers prefer to do this hike in early spring, when the snow has melted but the road is still closed to vehicular traffic. The elevation gain kicks in immediately on this hike, which quickly envelopes you in a peaceful wilderness setting. It is almost entirely uphill until you reach Boulder Basin Campground."

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Trail Information

San Bernardino National Forest
Nearby City
San Bernardino National Forest
Idyllwild Ranger Station, 909-382-2921
Local Contacts
Available at Idyllwild Ranger Station
Local Maps