8.6 miles
Distance
1,016 ft
Climb
-1,036 ft
Descent
1,242 ft
High Point

Call me Black Mountain. Some years ago - never mind how long precisely - having little or no singletrack on my slopes, I thought I would cast about a little for someone to change my reputation. Whereas I was known for deeply-eroded jeep trails filled with loose rocks and devoid of flow, I desired to be known as a destination for mountain bikers throughout the county. And when the call went out, they answered in spades, literally. Soon, my slopes teemed with trail-builders who dug and churned my soil to produce a network of singletrack that has turned me into what I desired: a biking destination filled with quality trails. Welcome to the new me.

This route takes advantage of the new singletrack at Black Mountain. You'll enjoy the easy flow of Awhee, the mix of flow and tech found on Lilac, and the old-school tech of Miners Ridge Loop. From there, it's a fun trip to Manzanita Loop, where you'll relish another mix of flow and tech before heading back. On the way home, you'll blast down Demaca Drop and enjoy a technical climb up Danger Is My Business. Hang on tight for the rowdy descent down the eastern half of Miners Ridge Loop, the steeply-banked turns at the bottom of Awhee, and too soon, you'll be back at the car.

A few things to note:

1. The route is suitable for intermediate riders and consists of trails rated green and blue. Be advised, however, Black Mountain is rocky and contains advanced rock-garden sections. Watch your speed if you aren't familiar with the area, so you aren't surprised by a rock garden.

2. The first 100 yards of steep climbing on the western half of Miners Ridge Loop will be hike-a-bike for many riders. It's tough, but don't be discouraged because this section is over quickly. Plus, it gives you a testbed for improving technical skills.

3. Please bring a bell. The trails are two-way and filled with hikers and other riders. Sightlines are often limited.

4. This route is just a sample of what Black Mountain offers. Consider Tour de Black Mountain if you want the full experience.

5. All the trails are sanctioned and legal. Have fun



AND I ONLY AM ESCAPED ALONE TO TELL THEE.
(With apologies to Herman Melville.)

Detailed Description
Call Me Black Mountain is a 9 mile popular intermediate route located near San Diego California. This mountain bike only route and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 15 trails. This route climbs 1,016 ft with a max elevation of 1,242 ft then descends -1,036 ft.
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60 Reviews & Comments

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bocomtb (Sep 22, 2022 at 9:48)
Not great, not terrible. Riding CCW from the Lilac connector would give you the highest fun factor. I’d agree with the Black rating. There’s a lot of tough climbs and a couple of downhill rock gardens that are more technical than anything on Black Widow.
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bocomtb (Sep 22, 2022 at 9:48)
Not great, not terrible. Riding CCW from the Lilac connector would give you the highest fun factor. I’d agree with the Black rating. There’s a lot of tough climbs and a couple of downhill rock gardens that are more technical than anything on Black Widow.
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C4SEM4N (Jul 31, 2022 at 11:15)
No fun.
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C4SEM4N (Jul 31, 2022 at 11:15)
No fun.
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C4SEM4N (Jul 31, 2022 at 11:15)
Very difficult blue. Very rocky
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C4SEM4N (Jul 31, 2022 at 11:15)
Very difficult blue. Very rocky
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JGiovanni (Jun 17, 2022 at 16:09)
This trail is 100% a black trail. Especially in rougher conditions .
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JGiovanni (Jun 17, 2022 at 16:09)
This trail is 100% a black trail. Especially in rougher conditions .
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marvinstorey (Feb 20, 2022 at 20:33)
One of the better loops on black. No pushing your bike up. Just intermediate terrain. Don’t listen to the technical comments too much. Any intermediate rider would enjoy this and have little problem.
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coachzed (Dec 13, 2021 at 9:20)
One of the better trails on Black Mountain. Singletrack with some short, punchy climbs and descents. A few sections of chunk that give it some challenge, but a significantly easier trail than Miners Ridge.

Most of the trail has limited visibility and is two-way and mixed use with hikers. Please use your bell.
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coachzed (Oct 23, 2021 at 11:30)
Very challenging trail for the Intermediate rating.
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coachzed (Oct 23, 2021 at 11:30)
Very challenging trail for the Intermediate rating.
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BenLow2019 (May 9, 2021 at 11:16)
If you're going to actually use the IMBA rating system then this trail is a double black diamond based on maximum trail grade alone as many sections are over 15%. I'm just sayin'
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BenLow2019 (May 9, 2021 at 11:16)
If you're going to actually use the IMBA rating system then this trail is a double black diamond based on maximum trail grade alone as many sections are over 15%. I'm just sayin'
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brianpetry TRAILFORKS (May 10, 2021 at 7:39)
Well, >15% for some sections is ok for black. And average grade is just over 15%, so yes could be double-black, if barely.
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brianpetry TRAILFORKS (May 10, 2021 at 7:39)
Well, >15% for some sections is ok for black. And average grade is just over 15%, so yes could be double-black, if barely.
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BenLow2019 (May 8, 2021 at 14:56)
Trail Demaca Drop
Best ridden east to west - down hill.
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BenLow2019 (May 8, 2021 at 14:56)
Trail Demaca Drop
Best ridden east to west - down hill.
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lqLvl5 (May 1, 2021 at 15:17)
How is it downhilling the west side? Any fun? I’ve only done the East
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lqLvl5 (May 1, 2021 at 15:17)
How is it downhilling the west side? Any fun? I’ve only done the East
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brianpetry TRAILFORKS (May 1, 2021 at 16:42)
West side down is a good bit slower than the east side, owing to the tight switchbacks. But still fun and worth a trip.
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brianpetry TRAILFORKS (May 1, 2021 at 16:42)
West side down is a good bit slower than the east side, owing to the tight switchbacks. But still fun and worth a trip.
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mattyj2001 (Apr 18, 2021 at 23:47)
If you like dodging rocks as big as your head, drops into loose gravel and dirt, and branches constantly whacking you in the face and arms, then you might enjoy this loop.
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mattyj2001 (Apr 18, 2021 at 23:47)
If you like dodging rocks as big as your head, drops into loose gravel and dirt, and branches constantly whacking you in the face and arms, then you might enjoy this loop.
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Donikimi (Mar 2, 2021 at 12:19)
Maybe a good trail if you are looking for challenging climbs. The descend is not worth the climb.
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Donikimi (Mar 2, 2021 at 12:19)
Maybe a good trail if you are looking for challenging climbs. The descend is not worth the climb.
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brianpetry TRAILFORKS (Mar 2, 2021 at 13:37)
The most popular route is to climb the service road and descend Miners on the east side, which is counter-clockwise on the Miners loop. For looping Miners, also more popular counter-clockwise, so climbing the switchbacky side (still challenging).
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brianpetry TRAILFORKS (Mar 2, 2021 at 13:37)
The most popular route is to climb the service road and descend Miners on the east side, which is counter-clockwise on the Miners loop. For looping Miners, also more popular counter-clockwise, so climbing the switchbacky side (still challenging).
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currymtb (Feb 16, 2021 at 21:44)
A very fun trail if you know your lines!
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currymtb (Feb 16, 2021 at 21:44)
A very fun trail if you know your lines!
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Outdoorsd (Jan 8, 2021 at 13:22)
Blue? Black? Who cares. Bombing the drops on the right side of the loop is so much fun. For the record, though, I vote hard blue. Nothing as technical on the trail as Nascar or other blacks.
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Outdoorsd (Jan 8, 2021 at 13:22)
Blue? Black? Who cares. Bombing the drops on the right side of the loop is so much fun. For the record, though, I vote hard blue. Nothing as technical on the trail as Nascar or other blacks.
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NFLPhD (Oct 26, 2020 at 22:29)
Fun downhill. Also makeable uphill. Takes you from BMH Connector to manzanita loop or little black loop. Or can take you the Miners loop connector or up to the nighthawk trail up to the fire road to Black widow or the summit.
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NFLPhD (Oct 26, 2020 at 22:29)
Fun downhill. Also makeable uphill. Takes you from BMH Connector to manzanita loop or little black loop. Or can take you the Miners loop connector or up to the nighthawk trail up to the fire road to Black widow or the summit.
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cosborne74 (Aug 1, 2020 at 14:49)
I give this trail a 5/10. Very little real flow. The technical spots could be fun but they just end up being pedal strike zones given the inability to keep any real momentum or flow going into them. A few fun sections. To be honest, the trails going to and from the loop are more fun.
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NFLPhD (Jul 19, 2020 at 19:34)
Very fun trail with a few challenging technical sections. Nothing too technical but a few of the sections will definitely challenge most intermediate riders to get through sections without having to put your foot down... Some great views too. Seems to be very popular with the regulars... Most people I have met like to ride counter clockwise... There is a bike pump and bike tool station not far from the trail head.
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NFLPhD (Jul 18, 2020 at 11:17)
It's Black if you carry any speed. Blue trail if you on all on the brakes the whole trail.
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NFLPhD (Jul 18, 2020 at 11:17)
It's Black if you carry any speed. Blue trail if you on all on the brakes the whole trail.
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budgetmtb (Jul 19, 2020 at 15:37)
Yeah, that was what I was thinking. The drops and rock gardens are all rollable, but if you release your brakes, they come in real quick.
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budgetmtb (Jul 19, 2020 at 15:37)
Yeah, that was what I was thinking. The drops and rock gardens are all rollable, but if you release your brakes, they come in real quick.
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NFLPhD (Jul 3, 2020 at 14:49)
Trail Lilac Trail
Very fun trail! Definitely Intermediate as there are some technical rock sections. A must ride if you are at Black Mountain and you can connect to it right after you ride miners loop trail to the paved parking lot on the northeast side of the mountain.
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NFLPhD (Jul 3, 2020 at 14:49)
Trail Lilac Trail
Very fun trail! Definitely Intermediate as there are some technical rock sections. A must ride if you are at Black Mountain and you can connect to it right after you ride miners loop trail to the paved parking lot on the northeast side of the mountain.
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budgetmtb (Jan 4, 2020 at 9:05)
Hard trail
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budgetmtb (Jan 4, 2020 at 9:05)
Hard trail
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brianpetry TRAILFORKS (Feb 21, 2020 at 9:52)
Please take a look at this IMBA trail rating system, and maybe we can agree it's blue (not quite black)?
www.imba.com/sites/default/files/content/resources/2018-10/IMBATrailDifficultRatingSystem.jpg
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brianpetry TRAILFORKS (Feb 21, 2020 at 9:52)
Please take a look at this IMBA trail rating system, and maybe we can agree it's blue (not quite black)?
www.imba.com/sites/default/files/content/resources/2018-10/IMBATrailDifficultRatingSystem.jpg
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ewikpark (Mar 14, 2020 at 19:44)
not?
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ewikpark (Mar 14, 2020 at 19:44)
not?
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brianpetry TRAILFORKS (Mar 17, 2020 at 11:53)
By the IMBA ratings, I would say it is blue. High blue, but not black.
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brianpetry TRAILFORKS (Mar 17, 2020 at 11:53)
By the IMBA ratings, I would say it is blue. High blue, but not black.
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ewikpark (Mar 17, 2020 at 19:05)
Sorry, I was talking to the other person in the thread. I agree that it's a blue
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ewikpark (Mar 17, 2020 at 19:05)
Sorry, I was talking to the other person in the thread. I agree that it's a blue
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Zvernkr (Feb 10, 2019 at 16:06)
Trail Lilac Trail
Agree. For the most part the trail is easy, but a couple rocky sections are hike-a-bike for beginners. A blue rating would be more accurate.
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Zvernkr (Feb 10, 2019 at 16:06)
Trail Lilac Trail
Agree. For the most part the trail is easy, but a couple rocky sections are hike-a-bike for beginners. A blue rating would be more accurate.
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Jnunez (Mar 31, 2018 at 15:14)
Suuuuper loose
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Jnunez (Mar 31, 2018 at 15:14)
Suuuuper loose
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chainbreaker02 (Jan 2, 2018 at 15:09)
Trail Lilac Trail
Lilac is a fun run that is definitely BLUE! In fact, I'd say there are one or two obstacles on this route that I walk over. I'm not sure how the ratings go but giant rocks with no obvious route is not green. Right?
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chainbreaker02 (Jan 2, 2018 at 15:09)
Trail Lilac Trail
Lilac is a fun run that is definitely BLUE! In fact, I'd say there are one or two obstacles on this route that I walk over. I'm not sure how the ratings go but giant rocks with no obvious route is not green. Right?
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brianpetry TRAILFORKS (Feb 12, 2019 at 17:46)
Trail Lilac Trail
I changed it to blue. I agree about the obstacles. I bet you could do it with some practice. It took me a few trips to clear them. Here's a good reference for ratings: www.imba.com/resource/trail-difficulty-rating-system
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brianpetry TRAILFORKS (Feb 12, 2019 at 17:46)
Trail Lilac Trail
I changed it to blue. I agree about the obstacles. I bet you could do it with some practice. It took me a few trips to clear them. Here's a good reference for ratings: www.imba.com/resource/trail-difficulty-rating-system
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    167
More Stats for Call Me Black Mountain mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -20 ft
  • Altitude min
    625 ft
  • Altitude start
    719 ft
  • Altitude end
    699 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -72.6%
  • Grade min
    48.2%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,169 ft
Avg: 5 (2 votes)

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