1.0 mile
Distance
-532 ft
Descent
00:08:43
Avg time

Black Widow Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Black Mountain
    San Diego, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (4 votes)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Drop, Jump, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #3526 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 100 in E-Biking
    • 95 in Trail Running
    • 95 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    City of San Diego

SDMBA worked with the city of San Diego to create a fun trail that is also more sustainable than the old scars that were there before. It has berm features with some with paver bricks added for erosion control. Also has some rock gardens and small rolly-jump features.

Trail is complete and ride-able. While not officially a downhill directional trail, be aware that most riders take the fire road up and descend on Black Widow. Ride with care in case anyone is coming uphill and avoid riding in wet conditions.

Access Info

Completed and open - June 2020.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Black Widow mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -541 ft
  • Altitude min
    876 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,417 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,417 ft
  • Altitude end
    876 ft
  • Grade
    -10.2%
  • Grade max
    -48.3%
  • Distance down
    5,056 ft
  • Distance flat
    230 ft
  • Avg time
    00:08:43
  • Avg reverse time
    00:15:32
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Status:
on May 8, 2021
Dry
Avg: 5 (10 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Black Widow Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      May 8, 2021 @ 2:35pm
      2 days
      Running fine. Pavers getting ruts dug in around them in places, but it’s okay.
      Apr 4, 2021 @ 2:24pm
      Apr 4, 2021
      Little rutty but overall running good
      Feb 13, 2021 @ 11:44am
      Feb 13, 2021
      Feb 8, 2021 @ 11:51pm
      Feb 8, 2021
      Feb 1, 2021 @ 8:59am
      Feb 1, 2021
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 28 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 631 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      All
      • 1,298 rides
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      Photos

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      May 8, 2021 @ 8:49am
      2 days
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      Apr 25, 2021 @ 7:11pm
      Apr 25, 2021
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      Apr 25, 2021 @ 7:11pm
      Apr 25, 2021
      408 |
      Nov 23, 2019 @ 12:11pm
      Nov 23, 2019

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      6 Reviews & Comments

      • + 3
      budgetmtb (May 28, 2020 at 10:04)
       I wouldn't say this is a true flow trail with smooth and fast jumps and berms. It has a lot of tech mixed in with some flow. Super fun though.
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      NFLPhD (Jul 3, 2020 at 14:32)
       There are several rocky technical sections and the rest is fairly flowy. Nice ride downhill if you are an intermediate or above. No beginners unless you want to walk through several sections. Access up via the fire road just northeast of Black Mountain Middle School. Great sunset views. Watch out for the hikers!!!
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      • + 3
      cosborne74 (Aug 1, 2020 at 14:53)
       Actually super fun trail. They did a good job. One of the better downhills in the county. Could use some jumps though. Outside of the top steps section on miners, I feel this has a little more tech. Comparing this to ratings of other trails in SD, I’d call this a black diamond trail. Not Whistler black, but SD black.
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      • + 2
      Outdoorsd (Jan 8, 2021 at 13:27)
       Hats off to the SDMBA trail crew for this one. Nice mix of terrain, the paver turns are a blast, the tech sections are fun, and there are a couple nice let loose straight line sections. Two thumbs up.
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      • + 3
      mattyj2001 (Apr 25, 2021 at 17:49)
       Be sure to pick a good line and look ahead. I munched it twice on this trail because I was concerned more about the few drops and didn't look ahead to the landings. D'oh! This trail is not forgiving to those of us that don't pay enough attention. Ha ha.
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