12.4 miles
Distance
1,864 ft
Climb
-1,908 ft
Descent
1,415 ft
High Point

This route is rated aMTB3, which means support required. Suspension, clearance, and rear-wheel-drive highly recommended.

This route is intended for adaptive riders, but anyone can do it. It stages from Hilltop Park, which has flat, paved, accessible parking with running water facilities. It circumvents Manzanita Loop clockwise instead of counter, avoids the east section of Miners Ridge Loop, which requires too much work to get through, and avoids Lilac Trail, which has significant exposed narrow off-camber sections. The beginning of Manzanita Loop will 100% require assistance, so support is required for this route. Negating Manzanita Loop downgrades the route rating to aMTB2, support recommended. Two rock gardens, one on Miners Ridge Loop and another on Black Widow will most likely require a spot the first time, so bring a support rider regardless. Due to the technical and steep, loose nature of some of the terrain, equipment capability is a critical factor on this route. Suspension, clearance, and rear-wheel-drive highly recommended.
FOR MORE INFO SEE TRAIL BLOG LINK BELOW.

Detailed Description
aMTB3 Black Mountain Loop w/Black Widow is a 12 mile popular intermediate route located near San Diego California. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 14 trails. This route climbs 1,864 ft with a max elevation of 1,415 ft then descends -1,908 ft.

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Details

  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, Adaptive MTB
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for aMTB3 Black Mountain Loop w/Black Widow mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    1 hr 59 min
  • Altitude min
    605 ft
  • Altitude start
    803 ft
  • Altitude end
    758 ft
  • Grade
    -0.1%
  • Grade max
    -56%
  • Grade min
    34.6%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile

Directions

  1. Walk northeast on Oviedo Connector.
  2. Continue for 60 meters.
  3. Turn left onto Nighthawk Trail.
  4. Continue for 900 meters.
  5. Turn right onto Demaca-Nighthawk Connector.
  6. Continue for 200 meters.
  7. Turn right onto Nighthawk Runner.
  8. Continue for 500 meters.
  9. Bear right onto Roadrunner Ridge.
  10. Continue for 500 meters.
  11. Keep right to take Roadrunner Loop.
  12. Continue for 500 meters.
  13. Bear right onto Roadrunner Ridge.
  14. Continue for 500 meters.
  15. Turn right onto Little Black Loop.
  16. Continue for 700 meters.
  17. Keep left to take Manzanita Loop.
  18. Continue for 2.5 kilometers.
  19. Bear left onto Little Black Loop.
  20. Continue for 10 meters.
  21. Turn right onto Demaca Drop.
  22. Continue for 500 meters.
  23. Bear right onto Danger is My Buisness.
  24. Continue for 500 meters.
  25. Turn right onto Nighthawk Trail.
  26. Continue for 200 meters.
  27. Bear right onto Miners-Nighthawk Connector.
  28. Continue for 400 meters.
  29. Walk northwest on Miners Ridge Loop.
  30. Continue for 600 meters.
  31. Turn right to stay on Miners Ridge Loop.
  32. Continue for 80 meters.
  33. Walk north on Miners Ridge Loop.
  34. Continue for 700 meters.
  35. Bear left onto Miner's Loop Connector.
  36. Continue for 700 meters.
  37. Turn right onto Jas Arnold Trail For All People.
  38. Continue for 20 meters.
  39. Bear left onto Black Mountain Open Space Park.
  40. Continue for 600 meters.
  41. Turn left onto Carmel Valley Road.
  42. Continue for 500 meters.
  43. Turn left onto Access Road.
  44. Continue for 100 meters.
  45. Turn right onto Ahwee Trail.
  46. Continue for 1 kilometer.
  47. Turn right onto BMR Parking Lot Connector.
  48. Continue for 200 meters.
  49. Turn left onto Lusardi Loop (Carmel Valley to San Dieguito).
  50. Continue for 300 meters.
  51. Turn left onto Aqueduct Service Road - Black Mountain Ranch section.
  52. Continue for 200 meters.
  53. Turn right to stay on Aqueduct Service Road - Black Mountain Ranch section.
  54. Continue for 400 meters.
  55. Keep left to stay on Aqueduct Service Road - Black Mountain Ranch section.
  56. Continue for 500 meters.
  57. Make a right U-turn to stay on Aqueduct Service Road - Black Mountain Ranch section.
  58. Continue for 60 meters.
  59. Walk southeast on Maler Dirt Climb.
  60. Continue for 400 meters.
  61. Turn left onto Black Mountain SDG&E Service Road.
  62. Continue for 400 meters.
  63. Turn left onto Black Mountian Summit Road.
  64. Continue for 2.5 kilometers.
  65. Turn left onto Black Widow.
  66. Continue for 1.5 kilometers.
  67. Turn left onto Black Mountain SDG&E Service Road.
  68. Continue for 200 meters.
  69. Turn right onto Black Mountian Summit Road.
  70. Continue for 20 meters.
  71. Turn left onto Wheelie Drop.
  72. Continue for 300 meters.
  73. Turn right onto Rasmussen Way.
  74. Continue for 100 meters.
  75. Turn left onto Oviedo Street.
  76. Continue for 200 meters.
  77. Turn right onto McEntee Street.
  78. Continue for 200 meters.
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