Special Note: We will likely return after sunset and there is no moon -- artificial light is advised.
The Hike: There are several trails that radiate from the parking lot and we will explore one.
My intention is to hike north from the park but we can consider alternatives based on weather and inclination. In any event expect to hike for 1.0 to 1.5 hours and figure on 3 to 5 miles.
This hike should be on relatively smooth thread and less hilly than most of our hikes -- a good opportunity for first timers.
This hike explores part of the Black Mountain Open Space Park which contains 2,352 acres of chaparral and sage brush covered hills, ridges and canyons including Black Mountain. We will explore some trails north and west of the Community Park. The entire trail network is very impressive.
Bring water. Hiking shoes are a good idea though most of the hiking is on service roads and well graded trails.
Take I-15 to the Bernardo Center Drive exit
Turn west (right if southbound; left if northbound) onto Bernardo Center Drive
Bernardo Center Drive changes names to Carmel Valley Road after a bit.
Turn right into the parking lot for Black Mountain Ranch Community Park (It is a stop lighted intersection but not well marked).
My guess is that it is 3.5 miles from I-15.