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Black Mountain from Hilltop Park

Black Mountain is the antannae festooned prominence in Rancho Penasquitos. The summit offers 360 degree views of much of San Diego county and, in clear skies, parts of Baja California.

The Hike:

Distance: about 4 miles; Elevation gain and loss: 800 feet Time: about 2 hours

From the park we will walk part of the Nighthawk Trail eventually connecting with the dirt road that leads to the summit. The trail winds through chaparral. As we climb, we will get better and better views until reaching the summit at just over 1,500 feet above sea level. Bring water, and good hiking shoes.

Directions: I-15 to Ted Williams Parkway Head west to Rancho Penasquitos Blvd. Head north on Rancho Penasquitos about one mile and turn right onto Black Mountain Road. After .4 miles turn right onto Oviendo St. After one block turn right onto Oviendo Way. The Park is at the end of the road. Park either on the street or in the lot.

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  • Lisa G

    Great people great hike

    July 26, 2013

  • Joan

    Great hike! Thanks Jim

    July 26, 2013

  • Mairin

    Great hike! Great party afterwards! Grrrreeeeaaatttt evening! Thanks very much! :)

    July 26, 2013

  • Kay

    Thank you Jim for a wonderful hike.

    July 25, 2013

  • Dave P.

    a little rocky, but nice...

    July 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Signing out. Work schedule conflict :(

    July 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    New to this group. Looking forward to meeting all of you.

    July 25, 2013

  • Leslie , LE B.

    Will be working (

    July 24, 2013

  • Leslie , LE B.

    Will be working (

    July 24, 2013

  • Jim B

    OK Norm. After the hike, those that wish can follow me down the hill to my home. Some beer, wine coolers, water, along with snacks will be provided.
    So much pressure for a bachelor to tidy up the place! (Once a year whether it needs it or not).

    July 24, 2013

    • Kay

      Jim that is very nice of you! We should invite Leon to join us eventhough he can't make the hike.

      July 24, 2013

    • Jim B

      Please do if you have a contact number.

      July 24, 2013

  • Giribabu

    I will be there pls guide am new to this

    July 23, 2013

  • Norm

    Jim B. , party afterwards?

    July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't make this Thurs. but will try later, thanks.

    July 22, 2013

  • Jeanette P.

    This sounds Beautiful!!!!! It is SOOOOO ON! :)

    July 20, 2013

    • Yaney

      I will see you there!

      July 21, 2013

  • Robert E.

    Not this time. I'll be out of town.

    July 20, 2013

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