Black Mountain hike

Join Pam and Kevin as they lead us on one of their favorite hikes, Black Mountain.

lies in the northwestern San Jacinto Mountains within the boundaries of San Bernardino National Forest. The likely reason for the 'Number 1' designation is it is the highest of eight Black Mountain summits in southern California from Santa Barbara County to San Diego County. In fact, Black Mountain is arguably the most overused peak name in the state of California as it appears 49 times in the USGS database along with 2 Little Black Mountains and Black Hill (see Etymology for more references).

However, one feature that sets this summit apart from its other Black Mountain brethren is its active lookout tower that is manned year-round and open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM. The summit views are impressive with spectacular views of the San Jacinto Peak massif including Fuller Ridge and Castle Rocks, the San Bernardino Mountains and Banning Pass.

Black mountain is easily visible from SR 243 is crowned with granitic rocks typical of the San Jacinto Peak massif. It is also adorned with a forest mixed with conifers such as Coast Douglas-fir, Ponderosa Pine, White Fir, Jeffrey Pine, and Lodgepole Pine apparently giving it its "black" appearance.

(A look down below)

Specs: Total RT distance is 8 miles with 2700' elevation gain- Strenuous.

What to bring: Adventure Pass will be required, at least 2 liters of water, lunch, snacks, layers of clothing, sunscreen, camera, hiking poles if you use them.

You can also refer to the following link regarding the 10 essentials to have when hiking:

http://www.backpacker.com/november-2010-ten-essentials/slideshows/138

Also, what you bring from this list of essentials will depend on the individual's preferences, knowledge, experience, climate and locations may/will require substitutions.

Directions- Parking is limited.  I highly suggest carpooling:

Directions to Black Mountain Trail from North:
Drive I-10 to Banning. Exit at 8th Street (SR 243). Turn right at end of ramp and proceed as follows:
At 0.2 mile, turn left (W Lincoln Street).
At 0.7 mile, turn right (San Gorgonio Avenue).
At 1.4 miles, keep left on SR 243.
At 11.8 miles, pass the Vista Grande Ranger Station.
At 12.8 miles, turn left at signed "Black Mountain Trail."
Drive 100 yards to the end of the road and park here.

Directions to Black Mountain Trail from South:
Drive SR74 to Mountain Center and turn north on SR 243.
At 4.4 miles, pass turnoff for Idyllwild Ranger Station on right.
At 12.5 miles, pass turnoff for (4S01) "Black Mountain Road."
At 16.6 miles, turn right at signed "Black Mountain Trail."

If you bring a guest you must stay with them and are responsible for their safety

Disclaimer: The Organizer and Assistant Organizers in this group are not professional guides. The function of the organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/meetup/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety. By signing up for a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging you are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizer and Assistant Organizers of the Palm Springs&Inland Empire Hiking Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Was A fun Workout!

    September 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was this a last minute hike? I didn't even see this until today. Looked like a good one.

    September 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Beth, this hike was posted for a couple of months. Sorry you were not able to join us. See you soon at the next one.

      September 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Robert, for sure next time. Not sure how I missed it.

      September 15, 2013

  • Julie

    Loved the hike. It was good to see some familiar faces that I haven't seen in a while. Thanks to our fearless leaders, Kevin and Pam!

    1 · September 15, 2013

  • Miriam B.

    Robert like always thankyou very much it was a great!!! Hike loved it

    September 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great workout and nice group of people! Thanks to everyone for making this one a lot of fun. I enjoyed the company, and as always, the conversations getting to know people during the hike. See ya on the next one!

    1 · September 14, 2013

  • Allan

    When i Got up Saturday morning i discovered everything in my fridge/freezer melting. Had to move quick to save stuff. Now looking for reliable/cheap fridge repair. :-/ Hope you all had a great hike.

    September 14, 2013

  • Miriam B.

    Robert I am on my way up there might be little late please send me your phone

    September 14, 2013

  • Sylvia E.

    Michael Mello cannot make it, so 4 of us are carpooling today! :)

    September 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    if I join anyone want to carpool from south riverside county? I'm in Elsinore. or I could join one of the other carpools.

    September 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I know I didn't RSVP but I'm out on this one. tweeked my back so i'll hold out for next time. for future hikes I'm willing to drive and carpool. I can fit up to 6 but 4 is preferred. have fun.

      September 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry to hear about that Ryan. Take care and see you next time!

      September 14, 2013

  • Allan

    I'm seeing conflicting information on weather I need a an adventure pass for this hike.

    September 11, 2013

    • Allan

      I think I just answered my own question. It appears to be FREE.

      September 11, 2013

    • Stephan D.

      Let's meet at Chick-fil-a's parking lot, we may need 2 cars.

      September 13, 2013

  • Allan

    two person car here. no help. I'm 5'8" can probably be ok in cramped for 45 min or so. :-)

    September 12, 2013

  • Stephan D.

    Carpool Available from Riverside,
    Meet at:
    Chick Fil A Parking Lot That day they offer us FREE BREAKFAST
    Go to: http://www.chick-fil-aforbreakfast.com to reserve.

    2885 Canyon Springs Pkwy
    Riverside, CA 92507

    We'll leave at 7AM after breakfast.

    September 3, 2013

    • Stephan D.

      Let's meet at Chick-fil-a's parking lot, we may need 2 cars.

      September 12, 2013

  • Allan

    Stephan do you have room for one more in your car pool?

    September 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great!

    September 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Chick-fil-A carpool that is

    September 8, 2013

    • Stephan D.

      Bruce, Mayombe, Yes I have room for you.

      September 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just to let everyone know, there are very few parking spaces at the Black Mountain trail head.  For this reason,  I highly encourage you to carpool.  At this point there are two carpool locations: Moreno Valley and Beaumont.  I see a number of people coming from the Redlands/Highland area along with Riverside.  It would make sense to form carpools in those two areas.  Also, an Adventure pass will not be required to park at the trail head.

    Other than that, I'm excited to hike with everyone Saturday and look forward to Pam and Kevin leading us on a hike they consider their favorite =).  Be sure to bring your cameras to snap pictures of the beautiful ferns during the hike.

    September 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Have hiked this numerous times, and Robert is correct, and adventure pass is not needed. With everything going on can't say for sure if will make this or not??

      September 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi David, good to hear from you. I hope things are getting better for you. And yes, maybe we'll see you at the hike this Saturday.

      September 9, 2013

  • Sylvia E.

    Ralph Butler is (trying) to sign up for this hike, and he lives in Banning. I'll be picking up Anthony in Palm Springs and then head to Ralph's. Possibly Michael and Robin could meet us at Ralph's house in Banning to carpool (if 5 can fit into one of our vehicles). We'll arrange this via email since we all know each other! :)

    September 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thxs Sylvia!

      1 · September 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Same question as Bruce, below

    September 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any room for me in the carpool?

    September 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm starting a carpool leaving from Beaumont Starbucks at 7a., 1610 E 2nd Street Market Place, Beaumont. I have room for three additional people. Serious inquiries only =).....Robert.

    September 6, 2013

  • pam c.

    Well I saw that we are leading the hike but we are not on the Rsvp list!

    August 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Pam and Kevin, do we need a permit to hike this trail?

      August 22, 2013

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