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Black Mountain Lookout

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~8 mile out & back hike with 2650’ gain to the fire lookout on Black Mountain in the San Jacinto mountains.

Payoffs include: depending on the weather, views ranging from merely great to ridiculous, from San Jacinto to possibly the Pacific Ocean. Also, a great workout, and a look at a fire lookout. Due to distance, elevation, and overall gain, this hike is rated: Strenuous. Please do not sign up for this hike if you are a beginning hiker. NO guests or +1s for this hike, please.

We will meet at 8:30 and begin hiking promptly at 8:40.

The trailhead is approximately 1.3 miles past the Forest Service Vista Grande Fire Station on the left side of the road coming from Banning. Look for a sign for Black Mountain Trail (2E35). There is a small parking area a short way down the dirt road leading to the trailhead. An Adventure Pass is required to park at the trailhead. They are $5 for the day, $30 for a year. Click here to locate vendors near you:

With hike and breaks, we should be back to the cars by 1p.

Hiking best practice is to bring the 10 essentials. I will, and I recommend you do too. REI has a list here: I like to keep my pack as light as possible. I use this packing list for my day hike pack, which weighs very little even with food and water:

At the very least, you MUST bring: 2L water, snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. Trekking poles are strongly recommended.

Carpools are encouraged; use the comment section to coordinate rides & passes. If you aren't driving, please donate a few bucks to your driver's gas fund or provide the Adventure Pass.

Disclaimer: The organizer of this event is a volunteer and is not, nor makes any claims to being, an expert in guided outdoors activities. Hiking, backpacking, and other physical activities bear natural risks that cannot always be avoided, no matter how careful the planning or skillful the participant. By RSVPing “Yes,” you acknowledge the foregoing statements as true, and agree that you are of adequate fitness and health to engage in this activity safely and without undue risk to yourself or the group. Further, by enrolling in this activity, you fully and freely assume responsibility for your own safety as well as the safety of any guests, children, or pets you choose to bring, and release the Organizer(s) and from any liability related to your participation in this event.

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