10 miles
Distance
3,138 ft
Climb
-846 ft
Descent
04:06:25
Avg time
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Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Ramona
    , California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Doubletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    all year
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Local Popularity
    35 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • 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.

More Stats for Big Black Mountain Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    2,292 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,470 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,037 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,745 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,037 ft
  • Grade
    4.523%
  • Grade max
    -21.109%
  • Grade min
    43.372%
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,984 ft
  • Avg time
    04:06:25
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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
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  • State land
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
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  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
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