Black Canyon Trail

Santa Ysabel, California

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In Black Canyon water has amply illustrated its mindless yet artistic ability to sculpt stone. Every once in a great while, a gush of sediment-laden water tears through the canyon bottom, carving and polishing the bedrock slabs, drilling potholes ever deeper, toppling trees, and pushing rounded boulders downstream. In a normal winter or spring season, the stream of water in Black Canyon is quite placid: It happily splashes over small waterfalls, pauses in pools, slides along inclined slabs, and finds hidden passages beneath immense boulders.

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"In Black Canyon water has amply illustrated its mindless yet artistic ability to sculpt stone. Every once in a great while, a gush of sediment-laden water tears through the canyon bottom, carving and polishing the bedrock slabs, drilling potholes ever deeper, toppling trees, and pushing rounded boulders downstream. In a normal winter or spring season, the stream of water in Black Canyon is quite placid: It happily splashes over small waterfalls, pauses in pools, slides along inclined slabs, and finds hidden passages beneath immense boulders."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Santa Ysabel
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: November through June
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Palomar Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Ramona, Mesa Grande
Driving Directions: Directions to Black Canyon Trail

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May 2018