Black Mountain—North Slope Trail

San Diego, California

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The panoramic views to the north include land that was completely uninhabited only a couple decades ago. Today, the rolling landscape includes the housing developments of 4S Ranch, and farther off to the northwest and west, the newest San Diego neighborhoods in the area known as Del Sur. An old, steep, and rocky firebreak, just west of the Miner’s Ridge Trail, goes straight up the northwest ridge of Black Mountain. It can be used to climb to the summit. But there are easier ways to reach the top—for example, the South Slope.
Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)

The panoramic views to the north include land that was completely uninhabited only a couple decades ago. Today, the rolling landscape includes the housing developments of 4S Ranch, and farther off to the northwest and west, the newest San Diego neighborhoods in the area known as Del Sur. An old, steep, and rocky firebreak, just west of the Miner’s Ridge Trail, goes straight up the northwest ridge of Black Mountain. It can be used to climb to the summit. But there are easier ways to reach the top—for example, the South Slope.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: San Diego
Distance: 2.5
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 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—North Slope Trail

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