8.6 miles
1,016 ft
-1,036 ft
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

(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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    1 hr 31 min
  • Altitude change
    -20 ft
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    625 ft
  • Altitude start
    719 ft
  • Altitude end
    699 ft
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    4 miles
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    4 miles
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    3,169 ft
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