Black Mountain Trail

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Trail Distance: 6.6 miles
Time Estimate: 3 hr 50 min+
Elevation Gain: 2470 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: $5
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: No
Description
Black Mountain Trail is a challenging hike in the San Bernadino National Forest that will take a chunk of time for you and your dog to complete. Be sure to leave yourself ample time to return before dark; this trail is all natural, so you won't find any light sources or amenities. Pack in everything you're going to need, such as snacks to water for you and Spot, and pack out your trash to leave the trail as beautiful as you find it!


To find the trailhead, drive Banning-Idyllwild Panoramic Highway (Highway 243) south from Banning. About a mile south of town, you'll see a dirt road turn out. Follow it, and you'll reach the parking lot. You'll need an Adventure Pass, a $5 daily parking permit, to park in the lot. From there, you can hit the trail! 

There's a steep elevation gain on this hike. You're going to be climbing over two thousand feet! While climbing up the trail is tough, you're rewarded by great views every step of the way. As you gain elevation, you can get a great view of the San Bernadino National Forest. The trail is dotted with boulders and pine trees. Seasonal wildflowers transform the area in the spring and summer. You may be able to find wildlife year round, so it's especially important to obey leash laws. Your trip up Black Mountain will take you far from civilization! 

Though going up is tough, coming back down may be tougher. The ground is steep, so walking downhill can be hard on knees. Make things easier on yourself by wearing proper hiking boots with heavy treads. You'll gain some traction that way. Though tempting, avoid cutting through switchbacks. The ground may not be stable off the dirt path, and eroding the ground can cause problems for everyone. 

Black Mountain Trail will make you say bow-WOW! 

Trail Features
Forest, Mountains, Steep Inclines
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Bug season never ends in the temperate areas of California! Prepare with some bug spray to keep the pests off of you, and check your pup for ticks after this hike.
Address
20270-20248 Banning-Idyllwild Panoramic Highway
Banning, CA 92220
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Address
20270-20248 Banning-Idyllwild Panoramic Highway
Banning, CA 92220
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset