10.0 miles
Distance
3,163 ft
Climb
-1,005 ft
Descent
4,040 ft
High Point

Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Trail type
    Doubletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    all year
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    Cleveland National Forest

San Diego County's "big" Black Mountain (not the smaller one looming above Rancho Peñasquitos) 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 four-wheel drivers have public access to Black Mountain's summit via a winding fire road up the southwest flank -- though motorized vehicles will get no closer than one mile (or more distance if the road is impacted by weather) from the top. Unquestionably, the late-winter period is perfect for an exercise-oriented trek up this road. The air's clear and cool through March, and the dominant chaparral vegetation hereabouts is dressed up in its best spring-green foliage.

Access Info

Allow 60 minutes driving time (Pamo Valley). From San Diego, take SR-67, continuing on Main Street/CA-78, and then turn left on 7th Street. At the Y-intersection, turn right on Elm Street and follow it about half a mile and turn right on West Haverford Road. In one block, the road makes a 90-degree turn to the left and becomes Pamo Road, descending rather steeply into the remote and scenic Pamo Valley. There is a one-lane concrete bridge across Santa Ysabel Creek about 4 miles from Elm St. The trailhead is another 1.4 miles beyond the bridge on your right and is designated Forest Road 12S07, or Upper Santa Ysabel Road.

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More Stats for Big Black Mountain Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    2,158 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,470 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,882 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,040 ft
  • Grade
    4.091%
  • Grade max
    -23.39%
  • Grade min
    39.687%
  • Distance climb
    6.9 miles
  • Distance down
    2.7 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,850 ft
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