Hike Miner's Ridge Loop Trail to Black Mountain Peak

San Diego Miner's Ridge Loop Trail

Added by Robb Keele

  • Distance: 4.5 mile out-and-back
  • Elevation gain: 550 ft
  • Amazing views of San Diego's foothills
  • Fun mountain biking, trail running and hiking
  • Great hike for kids
  • Dog friendly trail

The Miner's Ridge Loop Trail is relatively mild 4.5 mile out-and-back loop that takes you to the 1554 foot summit of Black Mountain Peak.

Even from the parking lot, the views to the east are stunning. Get there early in the morning on a clear day, or arrive just before sunset to get the full experience.

The easy-to-follow trail wanders it's way across the hillside, diving through thick forests of sage and manzanita trees. Once you reach the top, it's a short walk along a fire road until you reach the summit, where you will have clear views of Mt. Woodson and Iron Mountain to the east, and North and South Fortuna Peaks to the West.

Don't mind the cell towers at the top. Let yourself enjoy the view and the towers will fade into the background.

This is a great hike that's fun for the whole family.

Pack List

  • Any sneaker will do, but recommend trail running shoes for better traction
  • At least 1 liter of water
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Smile and a sense of awe
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Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly

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8 months ago

Great little loop hike. For longer hikes you can take spur trails up to the top of the Mtn where the towers are. Others will take you to a network of trails across the area. Views from the top are great of Northern SD area. Watch out for Mtn bikers on the loop trail but otherwise it's a great little escape loop hike.

8 months ago

Added by Robb Keele

Robb is a native San Diegan and avid hiker, backpacker and picture taker. He created GetgoOutdoors.com with the goal of giving back to the outdoor community and inspiring others to get outdoors.

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