Black Mtn. Ranch Community Park

Note: This area burned during the May fires and this hike will give us a chance to view the results up close.

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

    Fun as usual

    June 27

  • Marlene

    Let's do this one again :)

    1 · June 27

  • Joan

    Thanks Jim!

    June 27

  • Mairin

    It was fantastic! Beautiful vistas, challenging hills, and great fellow hikers!! Thank you, Jim!

    June 27

  • Elbe

    Stuck at work..sorry...I'll.miss this one. Enjoy

    June 26

  • Claudia Piepenburg

    Can't make it tomorrow, have a job interview late in the afternoon.

    June 25

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