16.1 miles
Distance
1,776 ft
Climb
-2,329 ft
Descent
1,280 ft
High Point

A tour from Black Mountain to the Pumptrack: two attractions in San Diego's Carmel Valley area.
The route links many great urban trails in the area, and the point-to-point route allows much more descending than climbing - get your spouse to take you before going to Costco or something.

Detailed Description
Black Mountain to Pumptrack is a 16 mile popular intermediate route located near Black Mountain California. This mountain bike primary route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 12 trails. This route climbs 1,776 ft with a max elevation of 1,280 ft then descends -2,329 ft.
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26 Reviews & Comments

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d1d (Oct 24, 2022 at 14:07)
Trail The Shire
Super fun blue trail! Yes, don't fall off the hill. Keep speed under control. TTF is quite technical with not much margin for error. I walked it.. Why did someone chop the roots? I know "flow trail" is all the rage these days, but keep it natural!
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mattyj2001 (Apr 30, 2022 at 22:34)
Trail Little Berms
I've never been down this run until today and there did seem to be some little berms. Not sure how little they were before but they're definitely there.
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coachzed (Apr 10, 2022 at 18:59)
Trail The Shire
Nice intermediate trail with one extremely steep drop that leads right down the hill. That single section is probably black just based on the risk.

Some kind soul went through and chopped a lot of the roots the crossed the trail, but unfortunately turned most of them into pedal strike traps. Exercise caution if you have a lower BB.
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Shapeless (Apr 9, 2022 at 11:36)
Trail Little Berms
I know it sucks. I saw some guys down there in city trucks driving back and forth across the trail. Isn’t the SDMBA, at the very least, supposed to protect existing trails? Nevermind maintaining them and creating new ones... If I was allowed, I’d be out there every weekend with a shovel..
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gkd008 (Mar 25, 2022 at 17:33)
Trail Upperworld
Thank you to whoever fixed the long drop rut. That however removed 90% of the trail adrenaline rush Smile
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SDBill (Mar 24, 2022 at 0:05)
Trail Little Berms
What happened to the berms? Someone took them out and ruined a good trail.
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Deeholzman (Oct 29, 2021 at 15:07)
Trail The Shire
A bit overgrown and one short washed out area but super fun!
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DaveDaum (Sep 25, 2021 at 15:12)
Trail Blazing Star
Fun 5 minute single track with moderately steep initial and final climbs that are less than 100 high.
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JGiovanni (Jan 5, 2021 at 13:16)
Trail The Shire
This is definitely not a black . Sadly a lot of the trails on this side of PQ are not really maintained.
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Jmlascala71 (Dec 12, 2020 at 14:44)
Trail The Shire
Intermediate riders: take note of the TTF on the eastern section to avoid tumbling off the trail.
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mattyj2001 (Nov 14, 2020 at 12:36)
Trail Upperworld
Lots of trash and car batteries off the side of this trail. I saw two pairs of weathered kids shoes down there. Creepy as F. Sheriff should bring a cadaver dog down there.
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AshtonR59 (Sep 1, 2020 at 16:27)
Trail The Shire
Fun trail but don’t fall to the right.
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kkim0228 (Oct 19, 2020 at 22:52)
Trail The Shire
Trail is narrow with banking to the right constantly. Focus at all times else you may fall to the right and roll down very steep mountainside.
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firepigmtb (Aug 12, 2020 at 16:38)
Fun flowy trail, not very difficult but a good time. Couple little jumps and one slightly bigger one that is easily bypassed but a lot of fun to hit.
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NFLPhD (Jul 23, 2020 at 15:45)
Nice trail! Flowy with minimal tech... Nice trail to ride after you come down miners loop connector. It's a bit before the parking lot...
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budgetmtb (Mar 17, 2020 at 7:59)
Trail The Shire
trail is not completely overgrown but trail is very tight.
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currymtb (Mar 16, 2020 at 20:01)
Trail The Shire
trail is overgrown, a bit unrideabl, horrible experience. more of a black diamond, as currently its a blue. The trail is fun though.
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brianpetry TRAILFORKS (Mar 17, 2020 at 11:48)
Trail The Shire
I think this trail is blue. Take a look at IMBA trail rating guide.
www.imba.com/resource/trail-difficulty-rating-system
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currymtb (Mar 17, 2020 at 18:21)
Trail The Shire
I rode it with my friend budgetmtb, we both felt it is a black dimond, but thats our opinion
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ewikpark (Jun 18, 2020 at 14:51)
Trail The Shire
You should probably use the IMBA trail rating instead of your own judgement because it's probably more accurate (?)
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budgetmtb (Jun 18, 2020 at 15:25)
Trail The Shire
currymtb speaks for himself... no offense my dude.
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currymtb (Jun 18, 2020 at 15:34)
Trail The Shire
lmao
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ewikpark (Jun 18, 2020 at 15:48)
Trail The Shire
I can tell he speaks for himself
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currymtb (Jun 18, 2020 at 20:04)
Trail The Shire
lmao(again?)
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budgetmtb (Jun 18, 2020 at 20:32)
Trail The Shire
???
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dsdonsut SDMBA (Jul 6, 2018 at 18:29)
not a sanctioned trail up miner ridge, please use main trail
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • E-Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
More Stats for Black Mountain to Pumptrack mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -552 ft
  • Altitude min
    131 ft
  • Altitude start
    809 ft
  • Altitude end
    256 ft
  • Grade
    -0.7%
  • Grade max
    -66.4%
  • Grade min
    48.9%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
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