great views of the coast

This trail is a good challenge. I would not rate it as Easy. More like moderate. There are steep hills and lots of rocks. Glad I brought along my poles. While most of the trail is well marked there are some confusing parts. I started at Hilltop park and hiked counter clockwise. I thought I was supposed to stay on the Nighthawk Trail, but at 1.3 mark (where there is no red line) you can fork to the right and get on the Miner's Ridge Loop. Instead I turned left, up, and hiked the steep short hill to connect to the service road to the summit, which looks like west side MRL trail. At the summit I found the MRL trail blocked off with a warning that they were working on regrowth of the area. In fact, many of the trails on Black Mountain are blocked off. Trying to follow the red hiking trail lines from the summit, I walked past the "Don't go farther" sign and started the descent, but found more signs of STAY BACK so I just hiked back up to the summit and retraced my hike. In my opinion, the north side of the MRL trail from the summit is not accessible. It is all blocked off with regrowth signs. Looking on the map, there's a part of the MRL which looks like a thumbs up. The short trail that connects the tip of the thumb with the eastern side of the MRL is very steep and rocky. Beware. I don't understand where the NHT ends. Just beyond the East Rim Trail? Does the NHT turn into the MRL on the east side after about a mile? Still a good hike, but beware of very rocky paths and blocked paths.

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