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Black Mountain

Average Rating:    (3.77 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 13

Dirt road, smooth at bottom which gets progressivly rocky near top. About a two mile climb to top. Better to start the ride from Black Mtn Rd. to get even more climbing in.
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Latitude
32.982064130537445
Longitude
-117.11597442626953
Trail Directions
Take 56 west of I-15. Hang a right on Black Mtn. Road and follow for about 1 1/2 miles. Go right on the street after Monte Video (just look at the only hill on your right, with the radio towers up top). Follow up the steep streets through the neighborhood and park near gate at top of hill. This is where your dirt road climb will begin. Good climbing workout, fast downhill.
Trail Length
5 miles total
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Rancho Penasquitos
   


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Review Date
November 12, 2014

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: ThomasF ,  Downhiller

Summary:
I put I ride this trail Once a week because it didn't have a "3-4 times a week" option. I
love this trail, there is the main fire road thats a slow gradual climb that almost anyone can spin up as long as your lungs are in good shape. The fire road i sometimes Kamikaze down when i'm in a rush to get back home or want to take a quick 35 minute ride up and then down. Its very wide, not technical at all, fun rock sections and run off bumps for a little bit of an obstacle. Nothing too technical if you just slow it down. Coming off the Main fire trail above the Nighthawk trail access point is the access point to "scar face", probably the second most high speed/technical trail segment on the mountain, don't drop in unless you can ride a blue or black diamond with confidence.

Night Hawk trail is also a fire road, steeper and rockier in some bits towards the end where it meets up with the main fire road. I can't climb up only 2 sections of this trail because they're too rocky and steep, but those are very short segments, the rest is all very manageable with a good pace and if you maintain momentum. Its very fun on the way down as well, when you learn the lines you can really pin it and have fun through the rock sections. The rock sections are burly and almost shale like in that you will roll and slide around. GREAT FUN! just be confident and don't brake when things get sketchy, power through.

Minors loop is A FRIGGIN BLAST!!! its a nice wide up and down flowy loop with great obstacles staggered around it. there are some staircase like rock features and a huge rock roller on the eastern part of the loop that may be difficult, but the rest of it can be conquered pretty easily. its a bit of a rough climb, but take your time on it and you should be able to do most of it. Momentum is key to being able to clear some obstacles. Just hit things with confidence and it'll be a great fun ride.

THEN there is the glider port section. Easily the most technical and steep section of the ride. LOTS of switch backs, rock rollers and all at a pretty steep grade, its only recently become difficult because of how rutted out it is and because people are moving large rocks all about the place. I don't ride this trail with clipless only because i'm still not 100% on some of it. again confidence is key, looking down on the trail it looks undo-able but it is, just need to commit.

Recommended Route:
Hilltop park off of black mountain usually has an abundance of parking spots during the week.

The "trail head" for the main fire road is accessed from the east end of Laurentian road

You can park at the Glider port which is a right (to head east) onto carmel valley road from black mountain and then a quick right on a dusty road.

further along on Carmel valley road is the trail head for miners

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Cowles mountain and Los Penasquitos Canyon.



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Review Date
July 28, 2014

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Gallo ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Good climb in the middle of the city. there are a couple of ways in. The main fire road to the top starts off pretty gentle then gets a bit more challenging and loose. It is a good workout
It can be accessed from Black Mountain Road turn up Lethbridge which turns into Laureation and to top and access the main firetrail It is 1000 feet of climbing from Black Mountain road to the tower.

There is a trail at the turn to go to the towers which gives you access to the west to north decent. There is a turn off at a swithcback well before the towers the Nighthawk trail which gives you access to Miners Loop.or the west to North decent twisty single track with some switchback turns. Nighthawk can also be descended to Hilltop Park theres are some steep and loose sections but the trail is wide enough for a car or you can simply turn around a descend the fire road.

Nighthawk trail can be accessed either by Hilltop park or a gate just above the the Stadium at Mt Carmel School.From the Park the entrance is on the east side toward the Powerline. This climb has a few loose and steep sections which at least for me causes hike and bike. It looks doable but I either spin out or run out of gas. There is a an off shoot from this called the south rim which is tight with bushes a couple a spots but the south rim is pretty flat in the middle of the climb and I find it fun Night hawk runs into Miners Loop. I find the climb more challenging than the fire road.

The climb is not easy and there is over a mile of straight climbing so the 5 rating

Technically if you do not do Miners Loop is not that bad if you do I give it a 5 for some others I realize it is not a 5

overall with the rockiness and loose stuff it can be unpleasant in sections


Recommended Route:
The fire road up and miners loop down

Other recommended trails in the same area:
LPQ Lake Poway Lake Hodges San Clemente



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Review Date
February 20, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: REIGN 2 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Black Mountain has a number of nice singletracks all over the mountain. I found a lot of them are rutted out or are very rocky, some sections are quite steep. Downhill the backside is a load of fun. There are some challanging sections especially when you get to the little parking lot take the singletrack that lead down the hill. Very rutted and challanging but loads of fun if you manage to handle the downhill turns.

Recommended Route:
I don't like hike a bike so I stick to the fire road to make it to the top. Park at the end of Maler Rd. and cross over to the dirt road. Uphill will take you about 20-25 minutes. On top enjoy the magnificant view. Down the hill take the singletrack and stay to the right. On the bottom bu the parking lot you can just ride down the road or get on the singletrack for some more fun.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Del Mar Mesa, PQ Canyon, Elfin Forest.



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Review Date
April 26, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: ruderob ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Good conditioning ride up. The climb is not very challenging from a technical perspective but the short & intense DH is something you will not soon forget. The westside "trail" is a relatively long rockbed and it can be treacherous for newbies. Bring your "A" game for BM. Beginners should consider fine tuning their DH skills somewhere more forgiving. Intermediate to Advanced riders will appreciate the quick shot adrenaline on the short DH. Overall I found BM to be a very entertaining ride.

Recommended Route:
Take the Fire Lane up and take the Westside (facing the ocean) trail down. It looks Nasty at first... Because it is.. Other than the rock bed not much between you and a safe passage home.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Carmel Mountain Ranch, Flightline and Lake Hodges...



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Review Date
January 11, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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1.80 of 5, 5.00 votes

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Reviewed by: mike horman , from poway,ca

Summary:
than pic witch way u want to go down .ive dun them all and there fun.

Recommended Route:
take the fire road to the top.than pic witch way u want to go down

Other recommended trails in the same area:
elfin forest,anderson truck trails. and this fun line i rode that starts at old palmerado and ends in gardon road in poway.



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