Black Mountain Open Space Park

Black Mountain, City of San Diego

- Mostly Beginner and Intermediate Trails
- 65 Trails Covering Over 40 Miles


Black Mountian offers challenging climbs, chunky singletrack and some beautiful views of the surrounding area.  SDMBA has worked over the past few years in partnership with the City of San Diego to create a multi-use trail system that offers a fun experience and in addition works to preserve the natural resources in this urban open space. SDMBA volunteers have built many of the trails here in partnership with the City of San Diego including Lilac, Ahwee, Manzanita and more.  Work began on the highly anticipated Black Widow Trail on the southwest side of the mountain in December of 2018.  Work continued on Black Widow into May 2019 because of late rains but it is not quite finished yet.  Please wait for official opening before riding Black Widow

There are many loops available at Black Mountain but the Lilac Miners Summit Route will get you to the top!    This intermediate lollipop with an extended spur makes for a great 2-4 hour out-and-back ride that's well marked, includes lung and leg bursting climbing, followed by enough rowdy descending to make it worthwhile. 

This hiker/biker/dog-shared route is best ridden counter-clockwise to help manage the use. Multiple 'bail-out' points such as fire roads and alternate trailhead parking lots make this a great route to challenge your limits with increased ease and safety.  Bring plenty of water as the trail gets lots of sun, and please share the trail with other users.

E-Bikes are allowed on non-motorized trails in areas managed by the City of San Diego. 

Access Info:
Multiple access and parking areas. Laurentian Drive, Hilltop Park, and Sundevil Way. Off Carmel Valley Road, Black Mountain Ranch Park, and Miners Loop parking lots.

Near 9606 Laurentian Drive, go past the white gate and it will take you to the fire road required to get to Black Widow and the Nighthawk Connector.

Trailforks Region Overview
Trailforks Tour De Black Mountain
City of San Diego Black Mountain Open Space Webpage
City of San Diego Black Mountain Current Trail Map
Call Me Black Mountain Loop (9 miles) 
Lilac Miners Summit route on MTB Project

Favorite Route:

Tour de Black Mountain on