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Black Mountain via Nighthawk Trail

San Diego, California

5.0/5
based on 1 reviews

Details

Distance

4.05 miles

Elevation Gain

764 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Alex Seger

Black Mountain Open Space Park is home to 2352 acres of protected chaparral and sage covered hills, ridges, and canyons. This sacred mountain offers 360 panoramic views of the Ocean, the surrounding mountain ranges, and downtown San Diego. 

Starting at the trail head at the end of Oviedo way, you will see a power line on top of the small hill across from the rec center, which is the start of the South Point View Trail. Follow this trail about a mile until you see a sign for the 'Little Black Mountain Loop' . This is a 4.1 mile loop around the peak of the mountain offering stunning views and peaceful spots for relaxation. Head right to start the loop. Along the route take some time to look for wildlife, as it is abundant out here if you are quiet enough. I saw lizards, tarantulas, deer, hawks, and many other species of birds. The mountain is home to coyotes, foxes, bobcats, and possibly the occasional mountain lion! A pair of binoculars is fun to bring to extend your views of the potential wildlife. When you're done soaking it all in, finish the loop and meet back up with the South Point View Trail you originally ascended on. Enjoy a quicker descent back to your car, as you just hiked up over 1500 feet! 

While the trails are very well maintained and labelled, Black Mountain has a plethora of different trails and routes, so check out the trail map to better plan your route ahead of time! 

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Features

Hiking
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic

Reviews

Strava / IG idotrails - this has to be one of the best options for elevation in N. SD. 20+ miles of public trails, closer to 40 if you are willing to really "explore" everything this great mountain has to offer!

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