Black Mtn. Ranch Community Park

The Hike: There are several trails that radiate from the parking lot and we will explore one.

My intention is to hike south 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 -- a good opportunity for first timers.

General info:

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.


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  • Claudette

    Great Hike as usual

    April 3, 2014

  • Mairin

    Great hike.

    April 3, 2014

  • Lan

    I couldn't find the park:( Gave myself plenty of time too as I know Jim leaves on time.

    April 2, 2014

  • Steve

    I am at the trail head with victor

    April 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, am going to miss this hike (eventually I'm going to make one, I promise!) Was up late last night working on a project and haven't felt good most of the day. Just woke up from a nap and feel even worse. Didn't get the flu all winter, so I'm not taking any chances. Will stay home and drink hot tea, read a book and try to get to bed earlier. Looking forward to meeting everyone next time.

    April 2, 2014

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